Meeting the threshold for Air Force Medical Retirement

By aamonroe Latest Reply 2018-03-11 17:31:35 -0500
Started 2018-02-18 18:07:14 -0600

My husband served in the AF for 15 years. He was diagnosed 5 years in. When convenient, they cut ties with him during a massive downsizing. It had nothing to do with his actual control, they just chose to rid the service of expendable people with medical conditions, despite no change in his medical condition, and quite literally lied about the rationale behind their decision.

The issue we have is he was separated, not retired. He threads the needle of
being “too poorly controlled” to continue serving, and yet “too well controlled” to be retired. How did you who were retired make the case that you required “regulation of activities?” TIA!

And please no nasty grams from people who’ve never served themselves about how people with type-1 shouldn’t serve. Not all careers in the service are like “Platoon,” and he is a marathon runner so clearly can perform rigorous activity.

3 replies

cmr55 2018-03-11 17:31:35 -0500 Report

I am retired AF. Thank you for your husbands service. Did they medically retire him. He needs to take his records to the VA. Make copies and then they should review them an he should be able to get the help that he needs. Big hug.

Luis65 2018-02-20 05:42:32 -0600 Report

I don't have an answer to your question but I have one for you. Has you husband worked with a veteran's advocate at the DAV? They may be able to help. The VA is designed to not be helpful, that's my opinion. They are more interested in denying benefits. The DAV which is a non-profit is all about serving veterans.

Thank your husband from me for his service.

Type1Lou 2018-02-19 11:18:27 -0600 Report

As a Type 1, our "control" can fluctuate a great deal. I have no experience with the military but like all things governmental (e.g. Medicare), they seem to try and "quantify" what is "Standard" when anyone living with Type 1 sees the absurdity of that. Every day is a challenge for control. It sounds like Joseph Heller's "Catch 22" and would be funny if it weren't so serious. Have you attempted to engage your Senator or Representative about this? Does the Air Force have exact parameters describing what is "poorly controlled" vs what is "well controlled"? I would appeal their decisions as often as needed (like I have with Medicare denials) with your endo's input…but I'm sure you've already done this. It will be interesting to see what others might have to contribute and hope it helps.

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