Need Help - CRSC Award Letter....

RonG

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#21
Seems to me, from what I can tell, you should have been awarded CRSC based on PTSD. It may be that I/we don't have all the facts to see what is really going on.
I agree with that assessment. Recommend you submit an appeal to the Board for Correction of Naval Records. Whether you choose an attorney to assist you with the appeal is your choice of course.

With regard to contacting one's representatives in congress, just my opinion, but I doubt if that would be helpful in this particular case. A staff member of the representative's office will contact the Navy and the Navy will have the Board write a reply that explains the process and point out that the decision was objective and that the members of the board mutually supported the final decision. That reply will be the basis for the Navy's position and what you receive from the office of your representative.

I wrote several replies in response to congressional inquiries during my Army career. That is not an accomplishment, just an experience. Not one of he inquiries resulted in a change of what we had done in computing pay or determining eligibility for a certain allowance. That of course, is different from an assessment of combat related status. However, I suspect the Navy can justify their decision as it would have been easier to approve the CRSC than deny it. The board or the Navy does not benefit in any way from denying an application.

Note: It is my understanding that the Navy board is not a contractor, unlike the Army.

Good luck in going forward.
 

ngkm5

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corey17a

I apologize for not telling you soon enough - your post/response is the best single bit of advise I’ve heard in a really long time.

It took days to write this and as I remain short for words, thank you.
Your post is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for the eye opener and motivation.

And to everyone else,
Thank you for this forum and to all who take time out of of their day to provide any bit, ANY BIT - of guidance/wisdom/knowledge/experience - to those when asked. Thank you.

Update:

I stayed up till 0400 drafting an email to my congressional district representative. I expressed my concerns and shared that’d I’d still be active duty if it wasn’t for what took place in Afghanistan.
I’d like to share those words however, I will only be doing so once I get to a definite outcome of this situation.

As always, I’ll continue to pay it forward by updating this thread.
 

ngkm5

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#23
Update:

I’ll try to keep this as short/simple as possible.

So I drafted a letter to my district representative and I got a response within 72 hours.
First contact made was to fill out a privacy form along with sending other documents I felt were import for whoever was going to help me out. I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but at this point since they are asking me to sign a privacy form, it felt like a positive step forward.
So few days go by and contact is made again. The representative office aide asked me a few questions about my case. Now I feel a little set back considering the questions asked were all in the original email and in the documents I sent.
The next day or two, the same aide gives me a call but for whatever reason, I didn’t get it and it went strait to voice mail. After listening, I realized these people don’t really care or just not really familiar with my request (or reading emails w/attachments). The lady kept insisting that I have an open VA claim and that the claim number would be helpful. Needless to say, I didn’t call back. Instead, I shot an email and politely advised that the information requested is all in the documents I’ve already sent and that my request has nothing to do with the VA.
I then later get a response that they are unable to help me. My response was basically ‘very well, thank you for your time and I no longer request help from the office of my representative.’ Within the next few days, I received a few calls with a D.C. area code, but I didn’t answer....nor return the calls.


The only other option I saw was to obtain a lawyer. I reached out to a few local ones and it turns out it’s super expensive. Too expensive for me at the moment.

I then reached out to a few pro bono veteran lawyers. I got the ball rolling on 2 then quickly learned it could take a year before anything would have moved forward.

I then decided to contact the CRSC board. Again.I voiced my concerns while relieving some frustration, but kept it very professional and direct. Very direct. It took about a week to write....
The response explained why I received a CRSC rating for my tinnitus (instrument of war) and clearly defined how the board looks at these requests by outlining how their determination is different from the others (VA/OJAG). He strongly suggested I get a statement backed by my OIC or Senior SNCO that I had st the time of event. So I did just that.

Yesterday, roughly a week after I submitted the statement, I received a notification that my PTSD has been rated at 70% CRSC and back dated to the date of retirement.

It’s been an entire year dealing with the IDES attorney, OJAG and submitting/resubmitting documentation to everyone and the CRSC board.
My only suggestion to anyone is to be persistent, direct, professional, very humble, always ask the ‘why’ and realize that at any moment he/she can say ‘enough-is-enough’, and direct your to contact (in my case) Naval board of corrections.

Thank you everyone for the advice and guidance.
 

corey17a

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Registered Member
#24
Update:

I’ll try to keep this as short/simple as possible.

So I drafted a letter to my district representative and I got a response within 72 hours.
First contact made was to fill out a privacy form along with sending other documents I felt were import for whoever was going to help me out. I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but at this point since they are asking me to sign a privacy form, it felt like a positive step forward.
So few days go by and contact is made again. The representative office aide asked me a few questions about my case. Now I feel a little set back considering the questions asked were all in the original email and in the documents I sent.
The next day or two, the same aide gives me a call but for whatever reason, I didn’t get it and it went strait to voice mail. After listening, I realized these people don’t really care or just not really familiar with my request (or reading emails w/attachments). The lady kept insisting that I have an open VA claim and that the claim number would be helpful. Needless to say, I didn’t call back. Instead, I shot an email and politely advised that the information requested is all in the documents I’ve already sent and that my request has nothing to do with the VA.
I then later get a response that they are unable to help me. My response was basically ‘very well, thank you for your time and I no longer request help from the office of my representative.’ Within the next few days, I received a few calls with a D.C. area code, but I didn’t answer....nor return the calls.


The only other option I saw was to obtain a lawyer. I reached out to a few local ones and it turns out it’s super expensive. Too expensive for me at the moment.

I then reached out to a few pro bono veteran lawyers. I got the ball rolling on 2 then quickly learned it could take a year before anything would have moved forward.

I then decided to contact the CRSC board. Again.I voiced my concerns while relieving some frustration, but kept it very professional and direct. Very direct. It took about a week to write....
The response explained why I received a CRSC rating for my tinnitus (instrument of war) and clearly defined how the board looks at these requests by outlining how their determination is different from the others (VA/OJAG). He strongly suggested I get a statement backed by my OIC or Senior SNCO that I had st the time of event. So I did just that.

Yesterday, roughly a week after I submitted the statement, I received a notification that my PTSD has been rated at 70% CRSC and back dated to the date of retirement.

It’s been an entire year dealing with the IDES attorney, OJAG and submitting/resubmitting documentation to everyone and the CRSC board.
My only suggestion to anyone is to be persistent, direct, professional, very humble, always ask the ‘why’ and realize that at any moment he/she can say ‘enough-is-enough’, and direct your to contact (in my case) Naval board of corrections.

Thank you everyone for the advice and guidance.
Congratulations Brother!
 
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