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P. Simmons
P. Simmons, Military Lawyer
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Experience:  Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
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I served in the U.S.NAVY FROM MAY 17, 1962. UNTIL SEPT.8,

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my name is***** served in the U.S.NAVY FROM MAY 17, 1962. UNTIL SEPT.8, 1964, OR A TOTAL OF 2 YEARS, 3 MONTHS AND 5 DAYS.
I HAD A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, WHEN MY SHIP COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER SHIP. I WAS SHAVING AT THE TIME AND CUT MY NECK.
THEN I STARTED THINKING HOW MUCH WORSE IT COULD HAVE BEEN AND THAT WAS THE START OF MY NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.
I TOLD MY SUPERIOR OFFICER OF MY FEELINGS, A FEW DAYS LATER I HAD AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE BASE PHSCHIATRIST.
I TALKED WITH THE SHRINK FOR ROUGHLY 45 MINUTES TO AN HOUR.
TWO WEEKS LATER I WAS PUT IN CIVILIAN CLOTHING AND SENT HOME. DISCHARGED WITH A GENERAL DISCHARGE UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS.
NOW I SEE HERE RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR NAME HERE THAT MY DISCHARGE WAS A DISABILITY DISCHARGE. YET, NOT A SOUL
EVER MENTIONED A WORD ABOUT A DISIBILITY PENSION FOR ME EVER.
IF I WAS GIVEN A PHYCH DISCHARGE, THEN I FEEL I SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A MILITARY PENSION WITH MY DISCHARGE.
WOULDN'T YOU AGREE?
ALL THESE YEARS I COULD HAVE BEEN 100% SERVICE CONNECTED. YET, BECAUSE THEY KEPT THIS FROM ME I WAS DENIED MY 100% SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY BENEFITS.
WHICH I THINK I S VERY UNFAIR OF THE U.S. NAVY.
AM I CORRECT IN ASSUMING I SHOULD HAVE BEEN COLLECTING
A SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILIRY PENSION FOR ALL THESE YEARS?
THANK YOU
RONALD J. THOMSON
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.

Hi, My name is***** am an attorney with over 16 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.

Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry for this dilemma. But not sure I understand your specific question

You say

BECAUSE THEY KEPT THIS FROM ME I WAS DENIED MY 100% SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY BENEFITS.

Because they kept what from you?