My son received a General Discharge
under Honorable Conditions Nov 2010. He was an MM3 Navy
'nuke'. In early Nov he was intoxicated outside his apartment off base, and was removed by local police and handed over to his command. (no car involved). He was 'masted' but did not lose any rank.
One day shortly thereafter he was home for the nite and he reported for duty very early the next morning. We live about an hour from his base. He left his duty early & he met w/ our family physician, who referred him to a local psychologist who determined he was suicidally depressed. We were informed to be home to meet with him immediately. Ever since that day, we have suffered an enormous burden of how our son's life has been forever changed.
The next day when he met w/ the ship 'doc' he was hauled off to One West at Balboa and kept for a week. They diagnosed him as alcohol dependent and sent him to SARP to be rehab'd in order to send him back to work. During this time we met with the head chaplain of the base and spoke w/ him numerous times. Altho sympathetic to our own feelings, it appeared to me that his only goal was to get our son back on duty. When our son declined rehab treatment at SARP for religious reasons he was brought before the base Commodore and was told face to face that he would be discharged within 3 days. It took almost 3 weeks. We were told his insurance would not be stripped but they did that the same day leaving him without insurance until we were able to add him to our policy 1 Dec 2010. They also took away his GI Bill
Now yesterday he received a demand for Bonus
Recoupment in an amount over $6000.
After Thanksgiving we sent him abroad to 'clear his mind'. He satyed with family friends for 7 weeks in one location resting and relaxing from his exhausting experience in the Navy. 6 Feb 4 days after arriving at the family home of our former high school exchange student in Italy, our son suffered a psychotic event. The father of the family is an MD and Neurologist. He determined that our son's behavior was so erratic that they had the police capture him when he tried to flee and they had him admitted involuntarily to an Italian Psychiatric Hospital. The psyciatrist there determined he was pyschotic, delusional, halllucinating,etc. I was contacted and flew immediately to be with him and bring him back arriving home heavily medicated on tranquilizers 11 Feb. Blood tests I have confirmed no drugs or alcohol were the cause of his event. I have records of all just mentioned.
Within 3 days of returning with me to our home his behavior became so disturbing we committed him to a local hopsital where he was diagnosed Bipolar 1. He was kept on a 5150 and and a 5250 for 8 nights. To satisfy our own fears of any brain tumor and desiring a second opinion we visited the Amen Clinics in Newport Beach where 2 SPECT scans and psychiatric evaluations confirmed his Bipolar 1 diagnosis and the meds he was taking.
I feel the Navy misdiagnosed his condition, in fact I believe they are the cause of his current condition. He was perfectly fine, a good 3.5 gpa student, very smart, popular, active. After 11 months on sub duty under high stress, severe sleep deprivation, and clastrophobic conditions, he now exhibits a very timid character, unable to focus, unemployed, but he never applied for unemployment benefits. He is accepted at a college in the fall but I fear he is not up to the task of college classes or living away from his quiet home existence for the time being. He is unable to write a coherent 2 pg essay for a scholarship.
His future looks very dim to us right now. He is not able to work at this time we fear. The doctors have told him that he can't take on a stressful job, or a job with night hours or split shifts. And therapuetic medications have been prescribed for the rest of his life. We are also paying for pyschiatric and psychological therapy.
Do we have any recourse? I am wondering if our son should be getting disability benefits of some sort and if we have any claim against the Navy for their misdiagnosis.