Hello all. First time poster.
Just wanted to say thanks for the wealth of information in previous posts. It's not easy to track down this information online and most of what can be found it old.
I am in my last year of UG and just took the lsat June 10th. I'm eyeing specific programs that concentrate in law and economics (mainly George Mason). I enlisted in the Marine Corps January 2006 and spent ~5 months at MCRD San Diego in and out of three different platoons and MRP due to an injury suffered during training. It kept reoccurring and eventually they sent me home in June with an ELS due to the issue. My time in service was from 01/17/06-06/12/06. I had never applied for any benefits, assuming I did not qualify due to the ELS.
However, after the urging of a relative who spent 20 years in the Navy and whom handed me the booklet for Federal Benefits for Veterans, I believed I do qualify for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Being that I served more than 30 continuous days and was discharged due to a medical issue, I hoped to qualify for 100% benefit. After submitting my claim I was denied because:
Your service component notified us that you didn't receive an honorable discharge. Individuals must receive an honorable discharge to qualify for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. As of January 4, 2011, an honorable character of service is required for all service periods including those with a separation for: Condition Interfering with Duty (CIWD)....Any discharge for CIWD...prior to January 4,2011 which is other than dishonorable may still be qualifying.
I submitted the only document I was given (never received a DD-214) with notes from the commanding officer of the battalion.
Convenience of the Government
Reason Processed: Medical
Complicity Allegation: No
Source: BN Ref
SNR as had 4 episodes of this condition while in RT. Despite standard care SNR unable to RTFD. SNR states he did not have this problem prior to RT. ELS/Medical/COG
Now, After denial I called the office and was told that I had
to have my DD-214 to submit as evidence, as that's all they use. My medical records and related documents (which I have but did not fully submit, only sending the commanding officer's form MCRD 1900/17) mean nothing. I requested my DD-214 from the correct office and was told it did not exist there and the request had been referred on to Quantico. I feel stuck
Does anybody know if ELS explicitly denies me from benefits? If not, how do I go about appealing/proving that I qualify? Should I try to consult with the law school attached to my university in hopes of receiving help?