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Retirement certificate

August 24th, 2010 1 comment

Received a giant retirement certificate from the Marine Corps this past weekend. The package also contained an official “U.S. Marine Corps – Retired” lapel pin.

Turns out this is the same certificate even retiring generals receive.

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It’s official, I’m retired

August 4th, 2010 No comments

Retirement letter from Bethesda

Received a certified letter last week from Bethesda. On July 15th, a Marine Corps Colonel and two Navy officers met in Washington, DC and determined that my “disposition be changed from temporary to permanent disability retirement.”

I sent in my acceptance yesterday, and sometime in the next 12 weeks I will be permanently retired!

Orders to Bethesda

March 27th, 2010 No comments

Bethesda Naval Hospital

Received my first orders to appear for the temporary disability retired list (TDRL) periodic physical examination (PPE) this week.

I am to report to Bethesda Naval Hospital by the end of June 2010 to “determine any change in the condition for which I was placed on the TDRL.” As you may remember reading, those on the TDRL must be evaluated every 18 months in order to retain their pay and benefits. I’ll be scheduling my trip for the end of May, the only time I have off between Spring and Summer semesters. I’m actually looking forward to it. Unlike some civilian physicians, Navy physicians always appreciate the magnitude of my injury and seem to have a better understanding of my situation, though I’m not sure why.