I have 19 years in the military. I have an injury that happened while in the military several years ago. I went through a med board that found me fit for duty. (I wanted to be found fit for duty because of being so close to retirement. (16/17 years then) I had a goal to stay in till retirement because I have 2 special needs children that will need life time medical care and that is something that would happen upon my retirement.
I have always put my job first and have great evaluations. I just have an injury but it doesn't stop me from doing my job.
After my medboard I took my PFT and failed part of it because I can't run do to my injury. Even being found fit for duty, I still had documentation I couldn't run. I was told I had to take my yearly pft. I passed 2 parts of it and then the 3rd part, I became injured during the pft and did not pass the 3rd part. (I was still made to take the PFT even with a note that I couldn't run from a military doctor (the one that evaluated me for the med board that had still continued to say I can't run all these years.) I now have a failing score. Even if I would have taken a partial, I would have had a failing score. So, with less than 10 months to go till retirement, I'm being told I can loose everything. Other than providing all the medical documentation of everything over the years, the continued treatment with continued monthly visits to the dr who is trying to fix the issue with different shots, procedures etc. Is there anything to do to secure my retirement so that my children and wife will have medical coverage? 19 years thrown down the drain for an injury that was caused by my job is difficult to swallow.
I am active duty, not reserve or guard. Ill advised by JAG to req the board to fme fit so I would req PLD was found fit but found out afterward can't req PLD unless found unfit. Appealed the board based on that and the appeal was denied. So, now I'm forced to meet the standard of every other full duty member even though I have injuries that make it very difficult to do both fitness evals given the location of the injuries. So it affects every aspect of both tests (pft and cft). I can gut out everything except he run on the PFT due to the length and constant pounding on the low back for that length of time. Can suck up the pain but the body's reaction I can't control and it makes it physically impossible to run any faster because everything spasms, shakes and it's literally out of my control and now the injury running made everything even worse.
What can I do to fight being kicked out and loosing my retirement in just several months?