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A Warriors Struggle

A look into struggles that so many of us face

Petition To Congress


Veterans across the country are not getting the help they need. The very system they fought to protect is using an outdated law to deny earned benefits to disabled veterans. I am one of those veterans, and I’ve started this petition to make sure that what is happening to me and many others is stopped.

Over the last couple years, the military has downsized. When it does this, it offers separation packages, aka money to help those who are leaving transition to their new civilian life. I received one of these packages, and was told to go to the VA hospital if I needed future medical care. I did, and was diagnosed as 70% disabled. But they told me I couldn’t receive disability benefits until I repaid my separation package.

After 11 years of service in the Marine Corps, two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a disability stemming from duty, I couldn’t believe this was happening. I discovered that this was written into federal law back in the 1990’s, during a time when major combat hadn’t been seen in decades and there weren’t many people being asked to separate from the military due to downsizing, and then later being classified by the VA as having service-related disabilities. The only way to get both benefits is through a waiver by one of the service branch secretaries, which is extremely rare and almost impossible.

It is time to get rid of a law that doesn’t do right by the women and men who have served their country. I’m calling on Congress to repeal the law that requires paying back, or offsetting, severance pay before receiving disability benefits.

Separation pay and VA Disability compensation are two completely different payments, offered to veterans for entirely different purposes. This misguided law is causing financial hardship for many of us, and such financial hardships are known to be a contributing factor in the spike in veteran suicides. It’s tough to admit it, but I was one of those people dealing with this financial difficulty, and there was a moment when suicide seemed like the answer.

I’m glad I didn’t do it. Instead, I’m working to get this law changed. This problem will only get bigger as more of our troops are asked to leave the service. We need as many voices as possible to speak up and get this law taken off the books. I hope you will help by signing this petition.

Recent Marine Corps Times article on the issue: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/veterans/2015/10/18/separation-pay-payback/73925870/

My Petition  – Sign Now

https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-stop-the-recouping-military-separation-pay-out-of-veteran-disability-compensation

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Distractions


Distraction comes at us from all directions. We often lose focus on who we are, what we want and how we are going to get there. 

Some of us will be fortunate to realize this before it’s too late, others will realize it but not make the necessary changes in order to achieve their goals. 

Life is full of mistakes, fear of the unknown and regret. This side of life is dark and depressing. There is another side of life that most of us strive for. 

Happiness, desire, truth, adventure, wealth, accomplishment and love. These things are very hard to get all at once and most of us spend our entire life chasing after some if not all of them. 

What is my point? Open your eyes, stop complaining about your life if you aren’t doing anything to change it. Don’t give up on yourself, live each day trying to make a difference in your own life and someone else’s life. 

Life is a battle, fight alone if you dare but the outcome will not be so pleasant. Find a friend, soulmate or family member and fight together. Two is better than one and we need all the help we can get because LIFE can suck

Unfamiliar Path


There are times in our life that we feel lost, alone and scared.

Everything around us comes crumbling down and we are stuck on an unfamiliar path.

 

We spend days, weeks and even years searching for the path we once had.

While we are lost, things come into our life that we wouldn’t expect.

 

Sometimes these things are good and other times they are bad.

Exhaustion consumes us as we filter through the life that was thrown at us.

 

We are weak and vulnerable.

One bad decision leads to another and before we know it, we are drowning in our own mess.

 

How do we survive and overcome such tragedy?

How did we get so lost and lose sight at what truly matters?

 

We must dig deep and fight our way back to the top.

The battle has just begun, but with the support of others we can overcome it.

 

One step, one obstacle and one day at a time.

We will be found and when that moment comes, don’t let it pass you by.

 

Even though we might be weak, we have to find our strength.

Don’t give up, don’t give in and don’t let the unfamiliar path swallow you whole.

 

Happiness lurks around the corner and each step is one step closer to success.

 

Time to Run Away


I break my neck to please you, yet you ignore the pain that I endure. 

Day after day my buttons are pushed, yet you control my every move. 

Nothing is good enough for you, when did this begin? 

It wasn’t always this way, there was a time I felt the love in your heart. 

I hold on to those moments, hoping one day they will return. 

I’m passed the point of no return. My hope is dwindling every second that passes. 

I’m tired, sick, angry and disgusted with myself for allowing this to continue. 

My opportunity is soon and when that time comes I’m going to run! Run faster than ever before. 

I will not look back, but force myself to accept and enjoy a new life. 

This new life will have things that have long been forgotten. Life, love, happiness and comfort. 

I can do this, I will do this. Soon and very soon. 

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