Did you have a legal issue you wanted addressed or did you just want to vent a bit?
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I think you may need an Admiralty lawyer. I'm not sure this related to military law and military benefits.
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Merchant Marines disability issues are not covered under the UCMJ or under VA benefits. These cases fall under the Jones Act. The Jones Act is federal maritime law that regulates the legal responsibilities of vessel operators and marine employers in the event of the work-related injury or death of an employee.
Your issue should be addressed by an attorney who practices in the area of the Jones Act. As such, I've added your quesion to the Admiralty/Maritime section.
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