This is my friend, Sean Nealy. Your time taken to read his story and contribute to his cause is truly appreciated. Having his case heard is important not only for him, but also for countless other US Veterans that find themselves in the same situation that he is facing.
In April of 1996, Sean enlisted in the US Navy, believing in it's purpose, goals, and core values of, "honor, courage and commitment". In 2004, Sean began a continual rotation of deployments to areas in Afghanistan, Iraq, and throughout Africa in support of the Global War on Terror. His combat deployments continued until 2006, at which time he was diagnosed with severe PTSD due to things experienced in combat, which I cannot even begin to imagine having to witness or go through. Upon medical diagnosis, Sean was grounded from future combat missions and began 18 months of therapy. In August of 2008, it was determined by the Navy the therapy had not resulted in significant improvement and he was no longer fit for continued active duty service and thus issued a Medical Separation for PTSD.
Here is where the need for your financial assistance begins. The law states that anyone discharged from military service with a Medical Separation due to combat related PTSD is to be considered "Retired" as if they had served a full 20 years. With this, the service member is to receive all of the benefits that go along with retirement. Benefits such as access to military healthcare, on-base commissaries and military disability retirement payments are all things Sean has earned through his time in service of our country and will go a long way to helping him raise his young son, among other things.
Like tens of thousands of men and women returning from war, he was profoundly changed, which translates into large costs for the government to be paying out, rightfully earned by these veterans. By using technicalities in paperwork, coding and specific words used in post combat interviews, Sean has been denied the benefits that he has rightfully earned. Sean has been fighting this decision for over eight years, and is now to the point of needing to take his case to Federal Court.
Sean does have an experienced attorney that believes there is more than enough evidence and precedent for Sean to win the right to all of the benefits by going to Federal Appeals Court. This all sounds great except for one thing... big cases take big money. The attorney fee alone is $8,500.00. This must be paid upfront within the next two months, due to unique military laws. This flat Attorney fee does not cover the Court filing fees or any other costs, including but not limited to the attorney's costs of appearing in Federal Court if required.
Any assistance you can give to help Sean's case be heard in Federal Court is truly appreciated. I believe that Sean, as well as every other member of our armed forces who has sacrificed so much of themselves with, "honor, courage and commitment" should be treated with the same standards they were held to during their time of service.
Thank you so much for your time, consideration and any donation you're able to spare.