Hello, my name is***** am a practicing attorney in New York City. First of all, I would like to thank you for your service to our country. I am truly outraged to hear that you are having so much difficulty getting what you rightly deserve.
I have worked with veterans in several places, including Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Clinic. Unfortunately, speaking from experience, this kind of difficulty in dealing with the bureaucracy surrounding veterans' services is not unusual. This is unfair and it is shameful, but it is a reality that many veterans in our country have to deal with.
The good news, however, is that there are also many excellent legal resources available to veterans for free. It sounds like you have been doing an admirable job of following up and making phone calls to try to move this process forward. Your next step, however, should be to reach out to a free legal clinic in your area that handles veterans affairs. You should be sure to mention to your free lawyer that you want to receive all of the pay that you are entitled to, including any potential back pay and interest for the period starting from the date that should have first been receiving your pay. If this situation has caused you so much stress that you actually have incurred medical bills, you may be able to sue for those bills plus pain and suffering - but that is something you should discuss with your local lawyer because the information you provide here is not privileged, and I doubt you want to discuss your medical records outside of a privileged conversation.
Here is a link to free legal resources for veterans in Montana: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/veterans_benefits/pro_bono_resources_for_veterans/montana.html
I strongly encourage you to reach out to these resources as soon as possible. If there is any way to speed up this process, a local lawyer will be best equipped to get it done for you.
Thank you again for your service, and I truly wish you all the best in this matter.
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