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    Military retirement vs military separation

    After 27yrs of service I was recently given a military separation from the National Guard for Ulcerative Colitis. I did not get an approved LOD through the military for this condition as I didn't complain about symptoms I suffered while I was deployed. I just thought it was something to deal...
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    Refund of military buy back

    Thanks for all the responses. I didn't know about being able to earn 80% of my high 3. The current battle I'm going through on the tech side is being able to get the disability retirement. I keep being told that if I am eligible for a tech retirement, which I am, I am not entitled to a...
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    Refund of military buy back

    Dang this gets complicated. If I were not to get medically discharged and I simply resign my commission I would get my Fed Tech retirement and I would also get my military retirement. I would just have to wait until 59yrs of age for Fed Tech and 60 for military. If I get medically discharged...
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    Refund of military buy back

    Very interesting. I had already submitted GERD as one of my claims about a year ago. I think I told the examiner that I think I had an occasional episode of not being able to swallow but that it got significantly worse during my first deployment. The response on that claim came back as "not...
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    Refund of military buy back

    I met with a veteran's organization yesterday that assists with disability claims. They never mentioned that to me but I did hear about that from someone later in the day. I did some research on http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/registry-exam.asp and from a brief look...
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    Refund of military buy back

    I am not required to retire at 20yrs as a technician, but if I lose my military status I will also lose my technician position. As a dual status federal technician I'm required to be in the military as an M-day Soldier in order to maintain my full time fed tech position. So I could stay until...
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    Refund of military buy back

    I may be getting medically discharged from the Army National Guard for a recently diagnosed condition. I currently am also a dual status technician with about 19yrs 5months of tech time. What I'm up against is that in 7 months I will have 20yrs tech time and am over 50yrs old. This means I'm...
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    Technician vs medical retirement

    I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis last May but didn't realize I could be medically discharged for this until a recent PHA. My dilemma is that as of this August I'll have 20yrs as a technician and since I'm over 50yrs old I'm eligible for a technician retirement so I'm told I would receive...
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    Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

    I have an appointment with the post doc today to discuss my issue. I'm looking for advice on what questions I should ask. Also from a previous post response I'd like advice on whether or not I should start a disability claim with the VA or should I wait until I find out whether or not this...
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    Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

    I had filed disability paperwork over a year ago for different claims, at the time I was unaware of having UC. My claims previously filed have a lot of "service connection" assessments but 0% so I'm currently writing a rebuttal for them. I haven't filed anything for the UC at this point; I...
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    Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

    May 2015 I ended up spending 4 days in a VA hospital ultimately being diagnosed with UC. I did not think much about it but during my last PHA a few weeks ago I was told that UC would put me on a permanent profile. I’ve been doing research on this and it’s starting to look like I’ll go through...
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