I am trying to upgrade my discharge from the Navy from General to Honorable. I feel that my General Discharge was unjust because the Navy did not do their due diligence when they separated me for misconduct. I never received any psychological treatment or screening before I was discharged. It was not until a decade later that a VA doctor diagnosed me with Asperger’s disorder. Asperger’s disorder is a form of high-functioning autism. It is not a condition that you develop over time; you are born with it and it never goes away. It is well known in medical circles that people with Asperger’s disorder disproportionately abuse alcohol and drugs to self-medicate in order to deal with the tremendous anxiety they deal with on a daily basis.
I will use your donations to hire an attorney who will represent me before the Navy Discharge Review Board. I already gathered all my evidence and submitted the application myself. I have been told by several knowledgeable people that my odds of successfully obtaining a discharge upgrade without an attorney are astronomically low. I’m only asking for what I need to pay the attorney.
An Honorable Discharge would change my life in ways that I cannot begin to describe. Employment opportunities that were only a dream for me before would now become a reality. I can get a much better job so that I can pay off my debt and one day qualify for a mortgage. I can finally support my disabled mother (who lives with me) in a manner that she deserves.
To all who are considering making a donation: I will check this page every day to check the comments and do my very best to respond to each and every one of you. Even if I do not reach my goal, I will keep a list of everyone who donated to me and I will make a collective prayer for all of you every night for the rest of my life.
I have contacted a law firm that specializes in military law and they have agreed to represent me, but they cannot begin working on my case until I pay the retainer. They have given me until October 1st to come up with the money. Without your help, I will not be able to hire this firm. If I do not reach my goal by October 1st, I will still accept donations until i reach my goal and use that money to find a new attorney. My hearing with the board is in a few months; so I don’t have much time to find another lawyer.
I wish all of you well and I hope that even if you cannot donate yourself, maybe you could tell a friend about my page. Thank you all in advance, and God bless all of you.