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10/22/2016

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McThag

They still haven't fixed the system? It's been 30 years!

When I was medically discharged, they kept paying a direct deposit to my bank account for three months. Their mistake, but I had to pay penalties in addition to giving the money back.

Then on voc-rehab they discovered that I'd been getting my GI Bill too, thus double-dipping. Did the person at the VA who helped me apply for both programs at once get in trouble? Nope. But I had to pay every penny of that GI Bill back, with penalties.

McThag

I forgot to mention. "Pay them back" consisted stopping any payment direct to me for voc-rehab (they kept paying tuition) cutting off my GI Bill and cutting my disability pay until they felt they'd gotten their money back.

It was non-trivial with an inability to work because of the physical therapy and classes going on to lose all of my income for near a year.

SFC Dunlap 173d RVN

FUBAR

John in Philly

When the Navy changed the bonus rules after we had signed the contract the challenge when all the way to the Supreme Court.

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/431/864/case.html

I should have gotten my bonus in 1977 or so, but by the time the case went through the legal system I did not get a check until the early nineties.

The actual buying value of the money I got was far less than what it would have been worth.

A side effect was that those of us involved would never really trust the Navy ever again. (as to whether or not we should have ever trusted them, that needs a much longer post)

John in Philly, USN 73'-81' USNR 81'-97'

timactual

"They still haven't fixed the system? It's been 30 years!"

I am pretty sure the Roman legionaries had similar complaints. The military is a bureaucracy run by bureaucrats. It will never be fixed.

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