Pam from Maine is a member of the Warrior Legacy Foundation who has been working to help our wounded troops who leave the service make their way. She has seen some holes in the system that need work and wants to discuss how WLF can help with this. Here are her thoughts.
There is a
clear sense of urgency for me to continue thiswork so as few wounded as possible slip
typical administrative gaps that clearly affect them on a regular
The bottom line is that as many as 65% of these
individuals are coming back home with either
TBI, PTSD, or both. Many symptoms for each tend to
dovetail into each other and make the
medboard process long and tedious so the DoD can define
what type of disability they may
be cut loose with. As you may, or may not, know, the
DoD selects the most severe injury or
condition, rates them according to that, and retires or
discharges them - usually not coinciding
with their original ETS date issued upon enlisting.
Once the medboard process is complete, these
servicemembers are no longer considered active duty and
that pay stops. If they are lucky
enough to have had someone who's on the ball involved
in their outprocessing, they may already
have gotten help filing for Social Security benefits.
Many aren't that lucky. So, pay stops, they get
sent home and now have to start the whole evaluation
process over again, based on a completely
different system within the VA. Many are too injured to
work, have no more active duty pay,
and can wait months for their comp & pen
evaluations to get scheduled.