Posted on Feb 13, 2019
Pvt Donald Auge
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I was discharged in 1994 with a RE-4 reenlistment code. Frequent involvement with military authorities. I waived a board at discharge and now I would like to upgrade to a discharge that will allow me use of the VA benefits as if I had an Honorable Discharge. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 and I was given a psych evaluation in the Marine Corps by a military doctor and results were found to be, a personality disorder.
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Thank you for the link, it looks like the place I needed to start my upgrade process.
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https://www.va.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions/

Here's a good starting point.

Normally you would go through the Discharge Review Board / Board of Correction for Naval Records (dd149), however I "believe" you have timed out of that (15 years)

https://www.dd214.us/reference/DischargeUpgrade_Memo.pdf
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Thank you for the link. It looks like a excellent place to start from.
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Pvt Donald Auge

The statute of limitations for all Discharge Review Boards is 15 years from the date of discharge. Relevant part of Title 10 - ARMED FORCES , Subtitle A - General Military Law , PART II - PERSONNEL , CHAPTER 79 - CORRECTION OF MILITARY RECORDS , Sec. 1553 - Review of discharge or dismissal states:

"....A motion or request for review must be made within 15 years after the date of the discharge or dismissal."

Date of discharge 1994 + 15 years = 2009. This matter is 10 year late for DRB consideration

In plain reading, there are no exceptions to the 15 year rule. In contrary, for corrections of military records, the statute of limitations may be waived “in the interest of justice.” and runs from the date of discovery of the error/impropriety. Have you considered correcting records ?
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How do I correct records? Thank you for your time and reply to my question.
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Pvt Donald Auge
Pvt Donald Auge
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Thank you for the information.
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I’ll be the bad guy. You were the can’t get right Marine that probably made your leaderships job harder than it had to be, probably weren’t psychologically qualified but managed to enlist, and now want benefits? In my opinion benefits are earned and I don’t believe you have earned them through your service. Your RE-4 code says so.
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Pvt Donald Auge
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I remember the military very well and I also remember saying to myself I wanted to get as far as I could up the rank structure. I did not know when I joined the United States Marines that I suffered from Bipolar type 1 and PTSD and a permanent personality disorder. I was found unfit for military duty. I participated in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, Africa in 1992-1993. I earned the combat action ribbon, the JMUC, Joint Military Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary and a Somalia ribbon. Before those ribbons I earned my National Defense ribbon for Desert Storm and my over seas deployment ribbon for my tour in Okinawa, Japan. I did have a difficult time in the military and I tried to fit in. I took everything very personal and my career ended because I don’t take orders from anyone but myself. I took the time to reply to your mean comment because I wanted you to see this from my position not yours. If you are not a psychologist you have no professional opinion. I asked for help not the typical I don’t care about you opinions from people like you.
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SFC Jason Rose
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Sir, first I appreciate your service and I did not intend for my comment to offend you. There is enough hate in the world already. I did not understand the circumstances surrounding your issue. I do find that many join today and perhaps in your time looking for an easy way out. Service is not the welfare system. They make it harder on the guy next to them that does everything asked of him. Take a service member who doesn’t meet standards, and is chaptered after a year or two, dishonorably, but still has the same benefits as someone who serves honorably. I don’t think these two examples have the same merit. Nonetheless I wish you luck and hope you get the assistance you need with or without VA. God bless!
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Pvt Donald Auge
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SFC Jason Rose
I appreciate your response to my reply.
Thank you
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