Greetings Fellow Vets, A big thank you to anyone who takes time to read this.
I am currently VA rated at 70%+IU for PTSD and receive SSDI. I was very lucky as I was rated 50% before I even received my honorable discharge back in 2006. Shortly after my discharge I was hospitalized at the VA and quickly turned into 70%+IU.
I did not receive an MEB or PEB before I left the Army. Quite honestly, I was an officer and was told "suck it up" or "get out and go to the VA." I didn't even know that I should have/was eligible for an MEB/PEB (no WTU's or follow-up screening in 2005.) I out-processed through Bragg and was sent home to my Reserve unit where I avoided regular drill for a year and submitted my resignation (I had 5 years AD and 5 years as a Reservist.)
I realize I am in a very good situation compared to many veterans. However, I think I should be medically retired. I have spoken to an attorney and he indicated that I could appeal before the ABCMR. Why would I do this? Because from what I understand a Chapter 61 retirement is permanent where my current VA Rating is always up for potential review. I can't lose Chapter 61 if I try to work or "over" volunteer--I am only in my mid-30s so I hope in a few years I will be able to do more stuff with my life--and spend less time in counseling and managing medications. I have already been reviewed once for SSDI (in 2010/11) and was regranted my disability without any issues.
From what I understand if I receive a Chapter 61 retirement I will be eligible for CRSC.
Should I pursue a medical retirement through the ABCMR?