Lost vet… should have seen this coming. Incompetency?!?

Well I enlisted when I was 17 as an 0311 infantry Marine and served two OIF deployments including Operation Phantom Fury, the assault on Fallujah. I was discharged this past June with a honorable medical discharge with a 60% rating from the VA. I was diagnosed with PTSD among other things. I was told that I would be receiving my compensation shortly (within 60 days) after being discharged because I was involved in the new pilot program at Bethesda and was informed that all my VA paperwork ect.. was already processed since I was dealing with it 8 months prior to discharge. I recently received a letter from the VA stating that they proposed me too incompetent to handle my own finances, therefore they have been withholding my pay until a decision could be made. That’s funny seeing as how my pay was held since June but I didn’t receive this letter until Sept 2nd… The time between discharge and Sept 2nd was difficult at best. I had to go to the Red Cross for assistance twice in order to pay my rent, utilities, and buy groceries. Finally the Red Cross said they could do no more for me and here it is October 7th and I just had an eviction notice taped to my door. I truly feel as if I fell off the face of the earth the day I was discharged, My wife left my while I was in the hospital and I have been living by myself trying to scrape by. My original decision was to go to school and collect chapter 33 benefits on my GI bill, but as luck would have it my laptop broke and I had to drop out of online school with no money to replace it. You might ask why don’t I get a job? Well the house I rented was cheap but at least 30 minutes from anywhere with no public transportation and when my wife left she took our car. There is of course more to this sob story as far as losing my actual house due to the divorce because she moved out and I could no longer afford my mortgage, My kids live with her because I have literally no food and the places that hand out food boxes don’t deliver.. Anyways my real question is how is it when I walked around with my high and tight everyone went out of there way to thank me for my service. People would stop me on the street just to tell me how much they appreciate me. Not that I am asking for hand outs, but how does the VA just allow veterans to fall off radar? I’ve called numerous times, not only do I get absolutely no answers, I get told about 15 different numbers to call. Guess what happens when I call those numbers? I get more numbers for more people. They act like there is this big network to help veterans, I actually had like a representative in the va, and she would call occasionally to check on me and answer questions. Then one day I received a mass addressed email from her stating she was moving on to a new career opportunity, yet nobody replaced her. Nobody called to tell me they were my new “go to” person. And when I call now I get a blank answering machine. I feel like I can understand why so many veterans kill themselves. Perhaps its some back door way the VA saves money? So does anyone know a good number of someone I can call? Someone who will actually help me? With all this going on I do feel incompetent. I’m so overwhelmed that I feel like im actually shutting down. I use to be so good under pressure. Now I can hardly leave my house, im so ashamed. Atleast this way I can seem somewhat anonymous and keep some of my dignity. Oh one more thing, is anyone aware of a possible foundation who could possibly give a loan to someone with horrible credit? Losing my house really crippled any chance of an actual bank helping me. Anyways flame away. Hopefully someone can help.
Malruhn,
While I appreciate your objective criticism, perhaps your 22 years of service were served differently than mine. I have completed a small fraction of my intensive psychotherapy and have years to go. Not that that keeps me from walking an hour to Mc.Donalds, just something to keep in mind. I need not go into too many personal details, but lets just say it’s not for me. To top it off, I was an 0311 infantry Marine, I was a team leader, Squad leader, and designated marksmen. I don’t expect things to be handed to me. I EXPECT the things that were promised to me by the United States Government and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. I suppose that could be too much to ask though, seeking false promises fulfilled. Yeah you’re right old salt dog, I should just ignore the fact that I’ve been getting screwed by the VA and DFAS and just go get a minimum wage job.
Malruhn,
While I appreciate your objective criticism, perhaps your 22 years of service were served differently than mine. I have completed a small fraction of my intensive psychotherapy and have years to go. Not that that keeps me from walking an hour to Mc.Donalds, just something to keep in mind. I need not go into too many personal details, but lets just say it’s not for me. To top it off, I was an 0311 infantry Marine, I was a team leader, Squad leader, and designated marksmen. I don’t expect things to be handed to me. I EXPECT the things that were promised to me by the United States Government and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. I suppose that could be too much to ask though, seeking false promises fulfilled. Yeah you’re right old salt dog, I should just ignore the fact that I’ve been getting screwed by the VA and DFAS and just go get a minimum wage job.

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