Veteran Denied Benefits

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My daughter, Major DuJuana Forbes, is an Army National Guard member in need of your support. The Army is denying her the benefits and disability support they promised and she has more than earned.

DuJuana enlisted as a reservist in the Army National Guard when she was 19 and served our country for over 24 years, including 10 years full-time active duty.  In this time, she rose from the rank of E2 to Major. 

She was deployed twice to Iraq during the war and several times to Cambodia. During her first deployment in Tikrit, Iraq she experienced bodily injury.  Since then, this injury has been documented as a recurring condition in her military file. Despite this hardship she continued to serve, completing a second tour in Iraq and then taking a full-time position at the Gowan Field Army Base in Boise supporting Idaho National Army Guard until 2016.

In 2016 the effects of my daughter’s war-sustained injuries reached a point she could no longer deny their effects and her superiors advised her apply for a medical discharge. In August 2017 she receive notification she would receiving a 40% permanent disability retirement.  Because it did not show this disability as combat related an appeal was filed and then withdrawn.

 At the end of February 2018, she received notification she was being retired from the military with a 40% medical disability rating effective April 2, 2018.   Eight days later, however she received another notification from the military where she was told that despite their previous approval her disability rating and discharge had been rescinded. She was further informed she would be denied any compensation for injuries incurred during her military service. 

Like so many soldiers who have been sent into the battlefield, in addition to her physical issues my daughter is also being treated for an anxiety order, and the denial of her faithful service and the benefits she was promised in exchange for her willingness to risk her life for our nation, has resulted in increased anxiety, lack of sleep, blood pressure, depression, etc.

The attorney working with my daughter has said he has never seen a denial of benefits letter written in the tone of this letter. He felt this new ruling was almost a personal assault against her, a dedicated service person who had given over 24 years, more than half her life at this point, in service to her country.

This is not the way the Army should treat individuals who have served our country, let alone those who have paid both a physical and mental price for it. 

Another hearing has been scheduled for June  27, 2018 and a new attorney appointed to handle the case. It is my intention for this petition to be presented to the court at the date of her next appeal, calling for the Army to honor its commitment to her and all its soldiers.

I am asking you to please join me by signing here to show your support for my daughter, Major DuJuana Forbes and all our other military personnel who are getting the run around, being denied the benefits they were promised and have more than earned, and who continue to suffer needlessly because of this type of shameful treatment by the same military that they so diligently served.

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