From The Mailbag: VA Disability and Retirement

May 19, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I regularly receiving letters from family members who are worried about their current or former servicemember.  The military is confusing enough if you are in it, and it is more confusing for people who don’t have experience.

Today’s letter is fairly typical:

Perhaps you can help me. My son spent 6 years in the military with 2 overseas missions. He is now retired and keeps telling me he hasn’t been paid. He has been back home now since Nov. 2012. Does it take THAT long to get paperwork collected and checks to be distributed for his pay? He is collecting unemployment but he tells me that when he speaks to anyone that they just say you need to write to your congress. What kind of answer is that? I can’t believe it and I’m wondering if the Military has his WRONG address. He was down in Ft. Campbell, KY and he moved up to Minnesota to live. Who can help him find some answers? The Vet’s Hospital in Mpls? I just don’t think he is seeking the right answers. Please help. R

Here’s my reply:

Dear R,


  1. Shannon says:
  2. Fatty8 says:

    How is he retired after just 6 years?? If he wasn't medically than your son is blowing warm smoke up everyone's butt..

  3. Shannon Ketchersid says: