Can I qualify for va benefits if I was injured in boot camp and discharged with an entry level seperation?

Asked almost 2 years ago - City Of Industry, CA

I received an entry level seperation from the Air Force , I did not complete boot camp but injured my knee while training for para rescue combat control, I was taken to med hall and seen by the doctor a colonial who said it looked like a meniscus tear, I was then taken to talk to some one else who asked if I could of done this playing sports before I entered military I said I had played football and twisted my knee ankle before but nothing to this extreme, I also received a letter of recommendation from my captain to come back to para rescue after I fixed my knee, I received surgery for my knee at kaiser after I got out and went to the va but all they said was I would have to get an attorney to fight my case, it has been several years since , I was told I can still appeal my case?

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  1. Seth A Director

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    Answered . Short answer is yes based upon the facts provided for VA disability compensation. Under normal circumstances, an ELS would be considered a characterization of service "under conditions other than dishonorable." There are a couple concerns I have based upon the facts provided: (1) you absolutely do not need to hire an attorney; and (2) if it has been several years since you received a decision from the VA your claim is considered "final" and you'll need to take some affirmative action to have your claim reviewed (most likely a request to reopen). Feel free to give me a call at 732-238-6070 or email at I'll be able to walk you through the process once I get some additional information.

  2. William Emil Cassara


    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . You need to contact an attorney who specializes in VA cases. I recommend Seth Director who you can find here on AVVO.

  3. Gerald Richard Healy


    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . This question is less about military law than it is about VA appeals. I advise you to find a VA attorney who can, and has, fought these sorts of battles with the VA. Seth Director is a frequent commentor on Avvo, and is well-regarded in the VA circles.

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