Hi all. My husband was in the Air Force as well, missile maintenance, and he was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2006. As of August 2007, we (my husband) were medically seperated from the Air Force. It went extremely fast for us, and it was our plan to retire military. However, I guess the Lord had other plans. We went against the medical board and were out within months. He now gets paid by the VA monthly, like someone else mentioned, and he gets Voc Rehab benefits as well. He was rated 30% for the colitis alone, but we have a total rating of 60%. He was rated on his knees and back as well. Fairly simple process. Like someone else mentioned, we too have to pay back the severence pay that the Air Force originally gave us, (which I think is stupid!!!) but once we are done paying that back we should receive around $1200/month. We actually are currently in the process of appealing his claim for UC. His UC is so severe we are to the point of discussing colestomy's and iliastomy's (sorry for spelling). Anyhow, on the bright side of things, we also receive approx. $850 a month from Voc Rehab while he's in school. It's pretty neat. They not only pay for all of his schooling and textbooks, but they also pay us an additional $850 a month. So being on the outside of the military isn't so scary!!! It was at first after being in for 6 years and always living on base, but now, it's not so bad!!! I wish you the best of luck, and my prayers are with you!!!
Alaina - age 26
Ulcerative Colitis-- Diagnosed when I was 16. (It has it's ups and downs)
Uticarial Vasculitis (my newest endeavor)
Xyzal (5 mg every 12 hours), Atarax (every 6 hours), Pepcid (every 12 hours), Doxepin (50mg at bed time), Levothyroxine (.50 mg), and Ativan if needed, but I haven't really used it. I also have been loving Aveeno Oatmeal bath, and their calimine lotion when all else fails!