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    Posted March 27, 2012 by
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Military Retirement NOT allowed!

    If you served your country for 32 years (19 years, 7 months, 14 days active duty, enlisted: 6 month USAR, enlisted-Vietnam; 1996-present US Army Reserve-Active status) and wished to retire, could you?

    Joye LaBarge Bryan can't. She is currently a Lieutenant Colonel, USAR-Active status who due to a Congressional mandate in May 1990 that decommissioned Chapter 5, AR135-100 was telephonically informed that she could not draw military retirement until age 65.

    She is now 60 years old and living on a fixed income of $1,427.00 a month. She also suffers from severe PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), MST(Military Sexual Trauma), and a host of physical ailments as a result of her service.

    In addition to all of this she is also classified as a "Non-Combatant POW" due to her being captured in Columbia while on an intelligence gathering mission and being held for 3 weeks in a cage by members of the Cali drug cartel.

    The VA meanwhile, has been dragging their feet in the processing of her Individual Unemployability Claim that dates back to 1996 when this claim was originally filed (and lost for approximately 2 and a half years!), she has had to undergo multiple medical evaluations that are extremely painful and leave her crying for 2 days afterwards. The examining VA physician, Dr. Marrero-New Orleans VA, sent off a number of blistering emails after the last exam in November 2011 inquiring why more exams were being ordered when the last 2 clearly demonstrated she met all of the criteria and was continually physically deteriorating.

    Anyway you look at these matters it is sad to see how a woman who served her country for over 30 years is being kicked to the curb by her government. This woman briefed Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Reagan yet is left to scrabble along on a meager amount of money until she is 65!!! A sad state of affairs and something the returning veterans can look forward to.
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