Q: 100% blind disabled veteran seek relief fm incorrect $151k collection from DFAS derived from 5 yrs alleged overpmts
I realize timing is everything. I know I retired during a bad time for the Federal govt & the veterans retirement system, that is, between 2008 & 2015, when there was not a Streamlined, one-stop process for honorable & medically retired personnel.
(BTW, I got my VA medical and disability)
It took the Govt more than 3 yrs to medically evaluated & retire me.(2009-2012)
I was medically retired in 2012 @ 70% of my active duty pay $2300, & was told that the VA would take up the rest of whatever else I needed. Then Last fall, DFAS sent me a letter stating I owed them $118,000 overpay, which after ,my administrative "Paper" appeal, in which they've the latitude of forgiving this debt, legitimate or otherwise, or settle on some figure in-between. After over six months I just got a letter stating DFAS determined I owe them $151,000, with no explanation, what the source of those charges. Over 30 yrs with a higher than TS clearance I feel as Im being handled by automatons.
A: Yikes! Due to the sums involved, it is highly recommended that you contact an attorney that specializes in military law and/or military disability claims. Since the VA and DoD are not known for their transparency or efficiency, I suspect that something can be done legally.
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