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I've served the Navy for the last 13 years. I live, breathe and die Navy. My wife and I meet in the Navy.

After going through my multiple deployments of Detainee Operations. I am going through a MED/PEB. They are going to find me somewhere from 30-100% disabled. According to my PEBLO and Navy Safe Harbor representatives Medical Retirement is going to happen, because of my "Combat" injuries, their words not mine.

Should I be proud to call myself a retiree? Is it stolen Valor to wear Navy Retired hats and shirts? I work as a Veteran lobbyist, is it ok to use the title USN(ret)?

This may all sound dumb, but I'm struggling to accept any of this and I didn't join the Navy for a Medical retirement but to retire after 20 years.

Thanks for the help!
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Cpl James Waycasie
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Unless you have a terrible SRB and other than honorable discharge why wouldn't you be proud? Life happens, you served honorably, now have medical issues. That does not take away from your honorable service Sir.
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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Based on your words it is very evident that you are proud that you volunteered and more importantly that you served and answer the call of our Nation to go into harms way PO2 (Join to see). Should you be proud you served, and proud to be retired? Hell Yeah, You EARNED It!
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LTC Stephen F.
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Yes PO2 (Join to see) I think you should be both proud that you served the Navy that you and your wife both love and thankful that you are still breathing and able to retire honorably having met the requirements.
You served where the Navy assigned you and you were injured during combat as the record states. The Military Service dictates the retirement rules - sometimes they are for 20 years, other times for 15 years and in cases like your for medical reasons. If Navy retires you then are are retired and have the right to consider yourself retired.
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LTC Stephen F.
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PFC Robert Falk - I am sorry to learn that. Perhaps some RallyPoint members who live nearby could help out.
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PFC Robert Falk, I would talk to a VA social worker who can go over programs that can help you find programs, both in and out of the VA, that can assist you, your wife and child to include social security disability and/or SSI. There are also VA, other government and private nonprofit programs that help veterans with training and job placement. Good luck to you.
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SSG David Gentile
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PFC Robert Falk - You're actually speaking to potential friends here, think about that and remember we were once in your shoes.
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PO2 Geoffrey Bieniek
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Try these folks out first Robert Falk, Arkansas
http://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/browse.php?state=AR&category=1611&search=

If you get nowhere, call these folks.

Ms. Alicia “Cissy” Rucker
Director
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
2200 Fort Roots Drive,
Building 65, Room 119
North Little Rock, AR 72114
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Deputy Director: Charles Johnson
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Executive Assistant: Donna Taylor
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Communications Director: Kelly Ferguson
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If they dont help you, reach out to me
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