Hey, I just wanted to give you and the boyfriend my take on the whole VA thing... I was a new mommy for only 3 months when I got called for a deployment to a demilitarized zone for "safeguarding"... the thought of leaving my son sent me into a terrible post-partum depression accompanied by panic attacks and constant anxiety, the inability to perform my duties (I screwed up ALL the time, got written up constantly for screwing up) and just couldn't keep it together at work. Needless to say, I did not make it through the medical evaluation process for the deployment. They took away my ability to carry a weapon, which took away the ability for me to do another aspect of my job (I was a supply sergeant, therefore I was responsible for the safeguarding of rifles and pistols, as well as ammo). Since I couldn't mentally do my job and wasn't allowed to do my job via the profile they placed on me b/c of my mental status, they decided to kick me outta the Army. As such, I was medically discharged and the Army psychiatrist (who was also a psychiatrist at a real mental health facility) said I'd be on medication for the rest of my life. My current psychiatrist thinks there is some leftover post traumatic stress disorder brought on by that crazy time of my life.
Anyhow... long story short, I went through all the BS with the VA and won 60% disability. Where I live and with my number of dependants, I get $1,000 a month from the government - for life (with increases each year for cost of living, etc). It's worth the hassle. Mental health usually garners a higher disability rating than any physical injury.