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.

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  1. Thank you Aimee for coming to Washington, DC and being part of the news conference. Your story helped a lot of people understand the real people behind the lawsuit and how this settlement will help so many families.

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