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Old 11-02-2017, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Yes I received a bad conduct discharge under special conditions I have been denied benefits 4 times
even after my physicial evaluation is the anything I can do to help me with this issue. I'm willing to
hire a laywer if that's what it takes.

Thanks
What benefits are you looking to obtain?
Side note: I'm the OP and I got my GI BILL at 100%.

Don't listen to most of these people. They think they know how it all works and pans out and have never been in or near the situation. Makes me curious why some of them jump on this thread honestly haha.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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didn't want to start a whole new thread, but can anyone tell me what a convicted felony does to a retired member's (over 20 yr retiree) pension and health care benefits - do you lose those benefits or are they protected?
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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didn't want to start a whole new thread, but can anyone tell me what a convicted felony does to a retired member's (over 20 yr retiree) pension and health care benefits - do you lose those benefits or are they protected?
Generally being convicted of a crime almost never jeopardizes a federal pension. However, there are some exceptions in charges relating to criminal disloyalty to the United States such as espionage, treason, sabotage, etc.

https://www.military.com/benefits/ve...-veterans.html

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Old Today, 03:15 PM
 
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Default Hello

My situation was very similar to yours and I would like to know the steps you took to attaining your VA Benny's. It's hard to find someone who actually knows what their talking about. Please pm me.


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I received a Bad Conduct discharge via Special Courts Martial and receive Service Connected VA benefits at 100%.

I'll share my experience.

When I applied for VA benefits, the VA evaluated whether or not my service was 'honorable for VA purposes'. That last part is important. In essence, the VA broke my service into two parts. The first was 'honorable for VA purposes'. The last was not. Based on the first I qualified for service-connected benefits.

I receive the service-connected monthly compensation. I also receive full medical and dental care, which is all inclusive, for any issue. In fact, I recently had a crown done.

I have had no issues whatsoever buying a firearm. I enjoy target shooting.

I served for a little over 4 years. I did well for over 3, and then had the issue which ultimately led to my courts martial.

As mentioned above, I attended a Special Courts Martial. I was sentenced to a Bad Conduct Discharge, reduction in rate to E-1, and 6 months confinement (to serve 45 days, rest suspended). I'd already been confined for 44 days when I had my courts martial, so, I was released the next day, sent to a transient barracks, and processed out within a week or so.

I won't say being confined was fun. But, it wasn't that bad. And, believe it or not, a number of the guys in there weren't 'bad guys' who will be criminals in the civilian world. The guards (all military) treated us fairly. We even had a movie night once a week and each got one soda for the movie lol.

The weirdest time was when I had to go to the hospital for medical. Despite the fact that my UCMJ violation was non-violent, I had to go shackled and escorted by two guards. Spouses and children in the hospital were staring and I was like, man, this is weird.

Anyway, I don't want to digress too much. Point is, I get VA benefits. When you're applying finding help from a Veterans Service Officer can be quite helpful. It was for me. Also, don't give up. I was denied initially and awarded benefits on appeal. Try not to stress too much, and really invest time and thought in writing any letters or statements.
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