I AM IN THE COAST GUARD ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR 5 YEARS..
I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CHRONIC COMPARTMENT SYNDROME OVER A YEAR AGO. IT IS BI-LATERAL, AND IT EFFECTS THE ANTERIOR AND POSTERIOR PART OF MY LEGS. IT IS DIFFICULT TO STAND FOR PERIODS LONGER THAN JUST A FEW MINUTES. I CAN BARLEY WALK 2 BLOCKS WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT PAIN AND I ABSOLUTLEY CANNOT RUN. I HAVE GONE THROUGH 2 FASCIOTMOY SURGURIES ON BOTH LEGS AND I HAVE NOT HAD ANY IMPROVEMENT. I AM SCEDUALED FOR ANOTHER SURGURY CALLED A FASCIECTOMY. THIS IS WERE THE SURGEON ACTUALLY REMOVES PART OF THE FASCIA. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT RECOVERY FROM THIS SURGURY IS TOUGH AND HAS A 50/50 CHANCE OF FULL RECOVERY.
THE MEDICAL OFFICER AT MY BASE IS ABOUT TO START A MEDICAL BOARD. I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS IF ANY ONE CAN HELP.
1. HOW DOES THE CG RATE CHRONIC COMPARTMENT SYNDROME FOR MEDICAL RETIREMENT? IS IT OVER 30%?
2. WILL THE CG GIVE RETIREMENT PAY FOR SURGICAL SCARS ALONG WITH LOSE OF MUSCLE FUNCTION?
3. CAN I COLLECT CG MEDIAL RETIREMENT PAY WITH VA COMPENSATION? ALSO, HOW DOES SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY AFFECT THE TWO?
I can answer #3. Unless you retire with 20 years, you will receive the higher of VA or retired pay. Usually VA pay. The VA has a strict set of rules on how they rate a problem. They typically rate the effect. Unless the scars themselves are disabling, then they will not rate the scars. Since I am not familiar with the disability I can not be more specific.
If you can not work, you may receive SSDI. It is a separate system, and it is all or nothing, with its own rules. A disability must prevent you from any gainful employment and is expected to be permanent.
being a retired coastie, i can only answer a few:
1: you should have a medical dept at your unit, or at least an HS with MEB experience.
2: there are many cg manuals that could help you at least get atarted, and the most important:
correspondence manual and a dictionary
You will find the resources I have. The Navy Disability Evaluation manual might help. Also the DAV guide. One of the links might help you with filling in the blanks. Also, the VA disability guidelines could be a help.
Military Disability Resources
Not sure about the Coast Guard. The maximum you can rate for one leg is 40% based on the amputation rule.
Your rating will depend your limitaions, ROM(degree of measurement). Results of nerve conduction study/EMG, etc.
Hope this helps some. I hope you follow up with Dave-M resources. You will find them to be very beneficial.
To add on to what ChrisStarz said, you also should become intimately familiar with USCG Physical Disability Evaluation System
Is what you have a genetic condition? Service related?
Do your own research. LOTS of it. Download this manual, read it, highlight it, study it, know it (as it pertains to your situation) well. Try to stay a step ahead of the process. Find an HS and become their best friend, they will be your best scoop on how the process works.
Best of luck,
Life is good!
You might consider adding this .pdf file download link to your list of Military Disability Resources.
USCG Physical Disability Evaluation System
Life is good!
I will do that this weekend. Thanks Chief.
Dear IAN2103 I know exactly what you are going through for i had the same problem in the army when i was at my tenth year. I went through all the pain and anguish that you must be going through. i had the surgery and everything but i still have the same problems that you mentioned. The sent me through several med board witch i managed to survive. because of these problem i felt that my career was jeopardized for i did not see another promotion, but i was glad that i got to stay in and retire. After i got out applied for va compensation and got nothing, meanwile im still having the same problems. after ten years of putting up with the same thing i requested a re evaluation from va and ironic,this momth i received the leter from va assigning me 10% for each leg.but i plan to appeal. thye gave nothing for scars,muscle. Good luck
Thanks. It is done.
FWIW: Compartment Syndrome is not/NOT known to be a genetic disorder/disease/condition.
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