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The Army gave a Special Forces captain with 17 years of service and a Purple Heart only 14 days of notice to separate from the Army — leaving him and his family scrambling to figure out how to pay all their bills for at least the next few months.
To make matters worse, a medical board had qualified him to receive a $250,000 severance package for injuries he sustained while serving in combat in Iraq in 2007. But an Army assistant deputy secretary ignored that recommendation and instead ordered that he be separated with nothing.
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The captain had been planning, as part of a warrior transition program with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to begin training at the VA beginning in late January through April. The program allows active duty soldiers transitioning out of the military to receive their military pay while training to become a service representative at the VA. However, due to the Army’s ruling, he would not be an active duty soldier when the program begins, and thus not be eligible for the program.
The VA has granted several people, including him, an exception to start training, but he will not receive any pay during the training.
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The captain, in addition to monthly mortgage and other bills, is also supporting a family of five — himself, his wife who is attending pharmacy school, and his three children, 13, 11, and three.
His three-year-old daughter will lose her ability to attend military base daycare once her father is separated from the Army. The family will have to find childcare while not making any income for at least several months. While he will have health care at the VA, his immediate family will not, until he finds another job at the VA or elsewhere.
All of this is happening due to an extramarital affair...
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