I need some help on understanding the process of retroactive pay. I was "Dischg. Due to Med/Disq, order #217-1, on 21Nov86 but i did not file my claim until 10/1999. it was not until 2009 that i recently got 100 percent for Mental Health Issues but this is due to filing all the way up to Washington, DC. I have a terminal illness which i got while active duty military in 1978 this has been verified. I'm curious to know if the Department of Veterans' Affairs has a duty to connect medically discharged vets. with health services, compensation and other disability benefits. I have survived this long (Thank You God) after numerous hospitalizations, self medications, near deaths and treatments. At my time of leave the military i was not informed of my rights...didn't know i had any and i must say in this case i was ignorant of the laws. can anyone help me understand the retroactive process without having filed a claim when i first got medically discharged in 1986.