One person I contacted was an SES, who I have had many conversations about Wounded Warriors with and someone who encouraged me to take my case before the BCNR.
I have attached the email below, but removed his name out of respect to him. I feel like everyone knows this is wrong, but they are too scared to step up and do what is right.
I refuse to give in, I refuse to give up! They are one of the reasons my friends have taken their lives from Suicide and I will not be one of their next statistics!
Can you please get this to (Name Removed). He asked me to follow up with him at the midway dinner but I’ve lost his personal contact and believe he has retired.
- Thanks, Mike. Very disappointing. After all they say, they can’t seem to make an objective determination that there is merit to your case. I don’t know what else you could do to convince them.
So sorry to hear this. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
- (Name Removed)
I couldnt reply to your email, so here is my response. Thanks!
SecDef Instruction from 2014 and 2017 says the Board must apply liberal leaning to cases of mental health. It’s states in some cases, such as MST or Combat, they must accept whatever the Veteran presents.
Well the Board during my PEB accuses me of not experiencing Riots and threats from Detainees, and that I didn’t Guard leaders of ISIS, because their review said I wasn’t there when these incidents happen. I disputed their facts not with a buddy statement from an E1 or and an O1, but the Full Bird Army Colonel who over saw the Base, my Unit CO and O5 and my my Unit XO and O4. Not one time does the Board correct their statement against me, but instead accuse me of “enjoying senior military leadership support”
The board states I’m not on medication, despite me proving that I am on much severe treatments of injections and have established Treatment Resistant Disorder, and my Doctor explains that I must continue these treatments monthly to maintain normalcy, and he’s just any doctor, he is their head of pain management that THEY sent me to at Walter Reed. Yet they determine that I still haven’t provided proof of medication use, and instead accuse me of “enjoying expert opinions”.
I’ve disputed every accusation they have made against me and my case with facts, and not one time I have sought anyone to intervene in my case. This is a clear example of a Board not wanting to accept a mental health case.
They sent me through this process, I went to their doctors; I’ve only used their Doctors to dispute their own facts.
Why send me to an MEB, which states “Service Member does not meet SECNAV retention requirements...5 years of treatment will not likely make him better...he did have have these symptoms prior to his service in the Navy...he will only get worse if he is subjected to further military service”. Then the VA goes even further and says “your current infusions and treatments are proof your signed off PTSD are worse and therefore we have upgraded your disabilities to 100% Service Connection”.
They have completely cherry picked evidence from my formal board; and made a decision because my wife sleeps and doesn’t notice when I, and because people like me. Sure I can lobby Congress, I can happily explain to them why Veterans are killing themselves everyday because I’m one of them, I’ve know them guys, I’ve tried myself. It’s not like I’m out here being a hundred thousand dollar lobbyists taking on the oil and gas industry’s. I’m just a Veteran who is willing to tell my story. That is much different than being a Sailor who launches and recovers Air Craft.
They say “you can still do clerical errands”, yet they refuse to give me a chance to do anything because I can’t maintain weight standards. These infusions don’t help me lose weight. Currently I am 235 and me weight goes from 200 to 255 and back. My doctors have explained I have severe depression, so what’s the first thing the Navy does 48 hours after finding me fit for duty, tells me nothing is wrong with me and says if I don’t make weight I will be Admin Separated. So my lawyer negotiated to but me in the IRR, where I have no chance to ever retire, earn rank or anything....and so after 18 years of service to my country they Navy has now ensured that I will never retire.
I’ve done everything this board has asked of me. I have subjected myself to hours of interrogation at their hands! I have provided evidence to support my case.
So no this is not a fair process and the Navy is in the wrong!
I will see the Navy in Court and in the Media!
I have not yet begun to fight for the injustice they have continued to issue me.
Why even send me through the IDES system? Because they had my fate determined before this process even started because my diagnosis had the letter PTSD on it.
Thanks for your help!