I'm active duty and I have deployed twice to Iraq. Upon my second return I developed two chronic medical problems. One of these conditions is an automatic Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) which will determine if I am found unfit for continued service and if so, what percent I am disabled.
My issue is that a process that should have taken no more than a couple months has been going on for a year now. I have been lied to about procedures, given the run around and flat out ignored by the medical "professionals" responsible for processing the case. They have failed to put me through a MEB twice now and I'm once again in the process that will presumably fail. This has essentially placed my life and career on hold, as I am unable to do much else than blink by regulation while waiting for the results of a MEB.
I've contacted my state elected officials for assistance, as my patience has run out. However, I wanted to see if there is anything I can do legally in regards to both getting the situation resolved and secondarily, if I may be entitled to any compensation as a result of my conditions being potentially linked to the conditions in Iraq, etc, etc.
I'm not in this for the money. I had a full package ready to go to get my commission and make a career out of the military just prior to my diagnosis. I wanted to stay in. However, I will have to live with this for the rest of my life, and if there is anyway to get some sort of compensation for that, then I don't feel that is entirely wrong.