Originally Posted by hardrock
Evidently,they think you're not as sick as you say. Why don't you go to the VA (9yrs. us army) for help? Lots of programs there.
There are 2 sides to every story and you told us your side. I do know that in NYC They have many people (9-11) that have "retired" early. They can obviously not afford it and have tightned requirments for early retirement.
If it is as you say,by law,they can't deprive you of what is lawfully yours. I wish you the best.
Actually, they (City of Binghamton & NYS) simply don't want to provide any benefits. The City itself seized all of my personal firearms without cause or warrant due to my PTSD, so it's ridiculous that they could even say they don't believe the PTSD. I'm still fighting to get my personal property back (and no, I've made no type of threats against myself or others).
As for their side, they won't even provide a basis for their denial which the attorneys say is just ludicrous. It all comes down to money.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not at all saying that the City and State doesn't have the right to protect themselves against malingerers. There indeed have been people seeking benefits that were not entitled to them.
It's the fact that I've complied with every step of the process and submitted to exams by their own doctors, all of which have concurred that I am permanently disabled due to line-of-duty PTSD, and the City and State are still keeping me in limbo in the hope that I will just give up and go away.
Further, stripping me of my healthcare, forcing me to live on foodstamps, and then cutting off my water and condemning my house were just well beyond the realm of fairness.
Thank you all for your support.
PS - Forgot to address the VA thing. I am applying for VA benefits but they are unlikely as they have very strict criteria (have to have been in a combat zone within past five years, awarded purple heart, etc.). I am receiving treatment as I've already won my Worker's Comp suit against the City, but Worker's Comp in NY has changed and it is now a time-limited benefit which does expire. It currently provides me with short-term ability to live, which is why I'm no longer on foodstamps, but my future is still in grave jeopardy until I win my full-term benefits. Hope this helps explain...