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Sgt. Irene Cornett spent a year in treatment for a wrist injury that occurred when a tent rope snapped. After a bad infection, doctors fused the bone, leaving her with 10 percent movement and eligible for disability pay, according to her hand surgeon. But the officer who summarized Cornett's medical records to determine her eligibility for disability payments reported she had twice as much movement, ultimately disqualifying her from a lifetime pension.
Critics inside and outside the Army say "med hold" units are choked with reservists who should have been home much sooner with family or friends. Instead, they find themselves in a system that some Army officials acknowledge was unprepared to handle the thousands of soldiers wounded in combat overseas or injured while training or serving on U.S. military bases.
Originally posted by Hoppinmad1
I have personally seen people get out with poor disability payments. These are iraq combat vetrans. One had a bad back and got 10 percent disability. This is about 90 dollars a month. The other got 10 percent for a bad shoulder injury. You receive none of your benefits unless you get at least 30 percent.
The army is very physically deteriorating on your body and it is very easy to become injured. When you do become injured if you seek medical treatment or get paperwork keeping you from doing activities that hurt you, you subsequently get treated like crap for not toughing it out. I know people who are harrased daily because they get out of certain duties due to medical problems. It is all a screwed up mess.