Got to rant a bit. My husband George(44) is a US Soldier since 1996 , been deployed to the Balkans and almost deployed to Afghanland in 2010. During the pre deploy check ups they found he had Type 2 diabetes and they didn't let him go even though he wanted to go. And from there his health went down fast. Fast forward at a bunch of more issues. March 2013 he had to start a medical retirement. They found him unfit for duty for Bi-polar, PTSD, OCD, and diabetes. Both his knees and his left ankle have arthritis. They knees will have to replaced within 5 years, the gall bladder needs to go and they want to do a Nissen procedure because of his hiatal hernia, at this time they will also repair his umbilical hernia. His back is bad, he has chronic carpal AND radial tunnel in both arms/hands. Its hurts when he walks because he also has peripheral neuropathy in both feet and plantar fasciitis. He has to take 12+ meds every day. I hate what the Army turned my husband into. He is like a shell of his former self. He pretty much is cooped up in the bedroom all day. Today he even ate Christmas dinner in there. He cant even go to recitals or concerts if the kids have them. Last time he went he freaked out after 15 minutes and had to leave. He hasn't ridden his Harley in almost two years, sopped playing golf, fishing hunting... everything stopped. On a good day his GAF is at a 55 and on a bad day he might dip down to 47-50. Right now we are waiting on the ARMY and VA to tell us the percentage of all his disabilities. But the VA is so freaking back up its not funny anymore. He also applied for SSDI as a wounded warrior. WE tried without and the SSA employee shut him down the first day. Because my husband does the "duties" of a carpenter ,who would make an equiv, of 27$ a hour. Horse Doody!!!! . He barely functions. He sleeps until like 8.30am, drags himself to work or doc around 9 am for accountability. At work he isn't even allowed to do computer work , because he would just take to long or make mistakes and screw it up. So he "works" maybe 1-3 hours a week doing stuff like hanging a picture, replacing TP, paint door... Beginning of December they kept him busy by having him decorate a large Christmas card for display on Brooks field in Ft Knox. SO we(I) contact or state rep and also our governor to help. We also got a disability lawyer involved. I am soo sick and tired of Army life and hurry up and wait. I just want to get him to a nice quiet place. I hope living rural and with a quiet life - that he atleast will get to the living room and eventually go outside to just enjoy the world again. Being able to open the blinds would be cool too. But for now id be just cool if he was in the LR more often.