Monday, March 31, 2014

An underlying issue?

The Company Commander was back today. Once again at morning formation he pointed out that the person he just escorted home, having died from cancer never asked for anything. He told people that were applying for Social Security Disability (which he referred to as SSI*) are going to regret it when they have to pay it all back. This soldier drove himself to all of his appointments too. That feels like a statement thrown at us because I have to drive my husband so he doesn't get lost or disoriented.

He went on to say that if you go to the Ombudsman you better be telling them the whole story and make darn sure you spell his name right!

Each day it feels more and more like this Commander has some underlying issues that are taking away from him being an effective leader.

I asked our Ombudsman today if she ever felt like we were keeping any information from her. She didn't feel like we had. Personally, I think I've probably overloaded her with too MUCH information.

As far as where anything stands, we are in a holding pattern until the Brigade Commander gets back from training. The Ombudsman will see if anything can be answered sooner or try to get an exact date of the next meeting.

So as of today the SCAADL appeal was filed at 4:59pm Friday the 28th of March. We were told that denials rarely get turned over and it takes months.

He is still on high risk status-accountability 7 days a week.

No vacation yet.

House is still being searched.

Still facing UCMJ action for behaviors out of his control.

Profile status is "being looked into."

0900 formation still stands even though sleep issues are well documented.

And that's where it all began. Me asking for leeway with that formation. Them telling me to "just make him go to bed." Yep, I'll be right on that.

What I would like to hear from the Company Commander is the same thing the Battalion and Brigade Commander's are saying. "Each soldier is in WTU for their own reasons. It is personal and individual. What is wrong with one should have no impact on what is wrong with another." Paraphrased but the idea is there. Sensitivity would go a long way at this point.

SSI is Supplemental Security Income for people that are disabled and don't have enough work history to be eligible for Disability.

If you are no longer able to do the job you enlisted for you are considered a subsidized employee and can apply for Social Security Disability.

Directly from the Social Security WebsiteMilitary service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application.
The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.
Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not, in itself, necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop you from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. If you are receiving treatment at a military medical facility and working in a designated therapy program or on limited duty, we will evaluate your work activity to determine your eligibility for benefits.
You cannot receive Social Security disability benefits if you engage in substantial work for pay or profit. However, the actual work activity is the controlling factor and not the amount of pay you receive or your military duty status.

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