I’m tired, therefore, this post isn’t up to par. I’m including it simply to satisfy my compulsive need to tell the complete story in chronological order.
After nearly seven years (long, incredibly frustrating years), Sean officially retired from the US Army Reserve on February 11, 2014. Hallelujah!
A process that consumed our lives for many years…a bittersweet ending for a soldier who dedicated his life to serving his country…a relief for his wife who has grown weary of fighting systems that should be designed to help.
So, while the Oz saga from Ft. Riley has played itself out and the Wicked Witch has met her demise (if you’ve been following our blog, this makes sense, I swear), it was not without getting in a final jab. I was required to become Sean’s legal guardian in order for him to “obtain any and all retirement benefits during his lifetime” due to an incompetency ruling.
March 2007- ineligible for medical board due to “unexplained physical symptoms” (undiagnosed PTSD and TBI)
July 2007 – PTSD diagnosed
December 2007 – TBI screening
March 2008 – TBI diagnosed, medical evaluation board (MEB) initiated
April 2008 to January 2010- nooooooothing……
January 2010 – testified before House Committee on Veterans Affairs regarding “Seamless Transition” between DoD and VA systems
February to May 2010 – multiple appointments
June to November 2010 – multiple complaints to get MEB paperwork completed
2011 – mostly nothing……
January 2012 – OOPS, case was terminated in June 2011 (Ft. Riley claimed we missed a deadline that we were not informed of, we were not notified that the case had been terminated)
June 2012 – records sent to Ft. McCoy to start new MEB under IDES
<insert theme from “Jeopardy”>
February 2013 – records arrived in Ft. Carson
March to May 2013 – repeat all examinations, tests, and paperwork from 2010 as it was all expired
June 2013 – MEB NARSUM sent to Physical Evaluation Board (PEB)
December 2013 – PEB rated 100% vision loss due to TBI, and 70% PTSD
January 2014 – notified that due to incompetency statement in NARSUM a legal guardian would need to be appointed, POA was not sufficient for payment/benefit purposes
February 2014 – officially medically retired
Bout damn time.