A few years ago there was a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the service members who were discharged with a PTSD rating, but were not rated high enough to even qualify for retirement. It’s been a few years now and finally– FINALLY– it seems as though it has been resolved!
Click here to read the press release about it- http://www.nvlsp.org/Information/PressRoom/NEWS-RELEASE-072911.htm
This is why I went to Washington DC on Thursday. I went to sort of put a face to the name. We weren’t asking for anything other than what we were denied. For my family, the biggest win for us is the Tri-Care. I can now provide healthcare for my family. Had I been allowed to stay in the Air Force, I would have been at my 10 year mark on May 16, 2011, which means I would have been half way to retirement. Being forced out because of an illness that I acquired while doing my job in a war-zone has never felt right to me. Like many others who were a part of the lawsuit, I raised my right hand and swore to uphold the Constitution and to obey the orders of those who rank above me. I never questioned (and I never have or will) any of the “why” of where I was going or what I was doing. If that makes me a sheep to some, that’s okay, to me it made me an Airman. I deployed without complaint. I never tried to find a way out of it as I have seen so many others try, I just went, did my job, and tried to do it to the best of my ability. I had no problems doing this because I trusted the military system and I trusted that, should anything happen to me, I would be okay. It was worth the risk of injury or death because I was raised with the belief that if something happened, the Air Force would make sure either I or my family was taken care of.
With the settlement of this lawsuit I will *finally* be awarded the medical retirement I was owed in 2005. I will have Tri-care, a retired military ID card (as will my family), we will be able to go to the Navy base to buy food… Everything that other retired people are allowed. I will finally feel like I have done something for my family. It’s hard to know that you put so much into something you had assumed would be a career just to leave with nothing to show for it aside from a few awards and medals that no one really cares about anyway.