CSN Login
Members Online: 12

Military Cancer Survivor Benefit Questions

phknutson
Posts: 1
Joined: Aug 2004

I'm new to this message board... Was just diagnosed with AML M4Eo on 15 JUN while serving as a deployed guardsman in Kosovo. I spent 2 months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was able to be put into remission and am now being treated back in my home state. I might be told I'll need a bone marrow transplant ( I have 2 sisters who are a match), but won't find out for sure until this Wed. Here are some questions I have:

1. I will have 20 years DEC 04 and am currently a MAJ. Will my family be taken care of financially if I don't survive this? How much money and for how long will my wife and kids be payed a benefit?

2. What is a typical benefit % for cancer survivors, specifically leukemia? All the reading I've done, a person in remission could relapse at any time throughout their lives. Does the eval look at symptoms following treatment?

3. Do I need a military lawyer to represent/help me?

4. At what benefit percentages can I continue to work my civilian job?

I'll stop here... Thanks in advance,

Pete

spongebob's picture
spongebob
Posts: 2600
Joined: Apr 2003

Ahoy, Pete -

Actuve duty Coast Guard O-4 colon cancer survivor here... good questions, I'll look into your questions here - I have some real aces in medical benefits. I also have the name and number of an excellent attorney should you have to go to a med board. Off the cuff, I would say you don't have to worry about missing your retirement. Also, if for some reason you shouldn't survive this (but let's not talk that way - that's not productive) there are plenty of safety measures in place on the active duty side to help your family out. Also there is always SGLI and VGLI (once you're retired) plus VA bebefits. I would say let's hold off on that one pending your results on Wednesday. Focus right now on getting better.

Let me shoot your questions out to some pals of mine and see what theye have to say.

BTW, what is your home state? I don't envy your 2 months at Wally World - I did my treatments at Bethesda. If you can, I would recommend you consider getting into their program there. They are in a joint practice with the National Cancer Institute.

More to follow.

- SpongeBob

spongebob's picture
spongebob
Posts: 2600
Joined: Apr 2003

Unfortunately I have not been able to dig up a whole lot of useful information for you despite a lot of shoveling. Disability determinations are primarily service specific as they are determined by the member's service. I highly recommend that anyone faced with these issues/questions engage with a military lawyer (JAG) who would represent them and can help research the questions posed. Survivor benefits are more of a personnel issue but a lawyer should be able to answer many of these service / situation specific questions/concerns. I am sorry that I don't have a better answer. Let me know if you'd like a recommendation(s) for private counsel - I can give you a couple of names and numbers of attorneys I know who routinely navigate the waters of Medical Boards with the military who may be able to help you.

- SpongeBob

younghero
Posts: 1
Joined: Jan 2004

hi! i am 18 and my father is a Colonel in the Air Force! I had cancer when i was younger so i was thinking, if you still need some info let me know and i can ask him for you! we went through all that stuff! plus we have fellow officers who have had strokes and stuff and went through rehab and made it back to active duty. you also might want to see if you have a living will right now. anywho! i'll get back to you!
hayley aka younghero

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network