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My battalion CSM does not want to approve this to go forward because he states the sister can do it. I tried to explain to him that she is not capable. I told CSM that I have no control over this and my spouse left. I cannot possibly stay here 3yrs without my family(spouse and 3 girls). HERE IS THE DOCTORS... show more My battalion CSM does not want to approve this to go forward because he states the sister can do it. I tried to explain to him that she is not capable. I told CSM that I have no control over this and my spouse left. I cannot possibly stay here 3yrs without my family(spouse and 3 girls).
HERE IS THE DOCTORS LETTER
To whom it may concern,
I am writing in regards to Mr. (Father-in-Law) (DOB 1/20/53) who is a patient of mine at His Family Practice. Mr. (Father-in-Law) has been a patient of mine for over 15 years and suffers from multiple prolonged medical conditions including Stage 4 Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Congestive Heart Failure.
He was recently hospitalized at His Medical Center in NC from 9/9/12 to 9/14/12 with Cellulites of the left leg and Uncontrolled Hypertension. His kidney disease has progressed to the point of requiring Hemodialysis in the near future.
Mr. (Father-in-Law) lives alone and has one daughter “Soldiers Spouse” who is stationed in "current duty station" with her husband “Soldier”. Due to Mr. (Father-in-Law) failing health (which in my opinion will only continue to deteriorate) I am requesting that “Soldier” be given the option of being stationed to a facility in closer proximity to NC. Mr. (Father-in-Law) will require assistance with transportation and assistance with ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living). Mr. (Father-in-Law) is also at high risk for rehospitalizations as well as sudden death.
I thank you for your attention to this matter as I am sure Mr. (Father-in-Law) does as well. If you require further information please feel free to contact me.
HERE IS MY LETTER
I Soldier, am asking for a compassionate reassignment based on the conditions of my Father-in-Law. My Father-in-Law’s prolonged medical condition has progressed recently and will soon need the attention of Hemodialysis. Father-in-Law has no other family member of my spouse to resolve this problem. His Health is deteriorating and will need the assistance of both myself and my spouse.
My Father-in-Law suffers from Stage 4 Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Congestive Heart Failure. He was pressured to retire due to his extreme health and what his job required of him. We have always been the only ones there for his assistance, support and would like to continue that at my Father-in-Law’s and his doctors’ request. He has had numerous surgeries to include some damage to his vision. The legs are in bad shape that he needs help getting around and doing daily activities.
My Father-in-Law the youngest has three sisters. Ms. Sister#1 is 67 years old, lives 2 hours away and suffers from leg circulation issues. Ms. Sister#2, is 70 years old, just recently was hospitalized on her appendix. Ms. Sister#3 65 years old works and takes care of her husband who has cancer. He also has another daughter who is a stay home mother, lives 45 minutes away, married with 2 kids, does not drive or work. Father-in-Law has been divorced for 19 years and has no current relationship with anyone.
Father-in-Law has had a job for 33 years, just retired and has always taken care of himself. My last duty station was at home as a United States Recruiter so in the past year when this all started, we were there for him and there was no thought that Father-in-Law would need to be a dependent. His medical insurance will only allow a nurse to come to his home one day a week for one hour. My spouse is his sole beneficiary and she has always taken care of him personally and financially. I have already brought up the fact that he could move here. Father-in-Law was born in a County in NC, raised there, and that is where he chooses to stay.
I have been talking with my spouse in regards to this matter and I have currently been proactive about having him as our dependent. My spouse and children are already back in North Carolina and I am trying to do this in her support. To prolong this process will only increase family separation time. I would rather not think that I now have to work on my relationship. This becomes a strain between my spouse, my children and I where it can compound more stress during peace time verses deployment.
Dr. of Father-in-Law of The Family Practice has been Father-in-Law doctor for over 15 years, in NC, and has requested both my spouse and I to be present and stationed in a facility in closer proximity to NC. For Father-in-Law to go from one doctor of 15 years and arrive to a new one would his comfort and trust he has had with his doctor and add more stress on him.
Currently he needs our support daily. No other family member is available. It has always been us. I would like to rejoin my family to assist and support in this matter. I am requesting for a compassionate reassignment. Thank You for your cooperation, time and effort to this matter
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Military Humanitarian or Compassionate Assignments
Requesting Assignments for Extreme Family Problems
It's an unfortunate truth that sometimes during a military career, a member may experience a severe family hardship which requires his/her presence to resolve, with circumstances which make resolving it with emergency leave impractical.
To help military members in such situations, each of the services has developed a program which allows military members to be re-assigned, or temporarily deferred from assignment, if they have a severe family hardship which absolutely requires their presence to resolve.
The Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard call this program Humanitarian Assignments. The Army calls their program Compassionate Assignments.
Exceptional Family Member Program
While not a component of Humanitarian/Compassionate Assignments, the Exceptional Family Member Program or EFMP warrants special mention. EFMP was developed to make sure military family members (dependents) with special needs (medical, educational, etc.), receive the special attention they require. A small part of this program is integrated into the military assignments system.
When a military member has dependents (spouse, son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, etc.) with special needs, they are enrolled in EFMP. If the member is selected for an accompanied assignment, one of the first things that happen is the EFMP folks at the losing base contact the EFMP folks at the projected gaining base to determine if the dependent's special needs can be adequately addressed at the new location.
If not, the assignment is canceled. This ensures that military dependents are not forced to move to locations where their special needs cannot be adequately addressed, either by the military installation or in the local community.
EFMP does not restrict a member from doing his/her share of unaccompanied assignments, however, so they can still deploy.
The program merely makes sure that members aren't selected for an accompanied assignment to areas where their dependents would not get the special attention they require.
A Humanitarian Assignment is a special assignment authorized to alleviate a hardship so severe an emergency leave cannot fully resolve it. While each of the services has different procedures, there are some requirements which are common to all the branches.
To qualify for a Humanitarian Assignment consideration, a military member must have a documented and substantiated problem involving a family member, which is significantly more severe than other military members experience. "Family Member" is generally defined as spouse, child, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, person in loco parentis or other persons residing in the household who are dependent for over half of their financial support. In the Coast Guard, father-in-law, and mother-in-law do not qualify as family members for the purposes of Humanitarian Assignments.
The problem must be able to be resolved within a specific time-frame (six months to two years, depending on the branch of service). Military members are expected to be available for worldwide assignment, at all times, according to the needs of the service.
That's a large part of why they get a paycheck. For those who have a permanent or prolonged family problem which prevents reassignment, humanitarian discharge is generally the appropriate action.
The Comptroller General has ruled that the military services cannot fund an assignment relocation for humanitarian reasons only. That means there must be a valid slot at the gaining base for the person's rank and job. For example, the Air Force would not be able to reassign an F-15 Fighter Aircraft Mechanic to a base that does not have slots for F-15 Fighter Aircraft Mechanics. However, sometimes a service will allow a member to re-train into a different job, in order to fill a required slot at the Humanitarian Assignment Location.
Army Compassionate Action Requests
The Army calls their Humanitarian Assignment Program "Compassionate Action Requests." Compassionate actions are requests from individual soldiers when personal problems exist.
The two types of compassionate requests are when personal problems are:
- Temporary (resolvable within a year).
- Not expected to be resolved within a year.
A reassignment may be authorized when there are extreme family problems and the soldier's presence is needed. A soldier may get a deletion or deferment from an overseas assignment if the problem requires them to stay in the U.S. for a short time.
If the problem is chronic or can't be resolved in a short amount of time, a compassionate discharge procedure is generally the most appropriate action. Consideration for reassignment may be given in cases of extreme family problems that are not expected to be resolved within a year if it meets the needs of the Army.
Requests are made on DA Form 3739, Application for Assignment/Deletion/Deferment for Extreme Family Problems submitted through the chain of command. This must be done by the soldier. Commanders can disapprove compassionate requests when they clearly do not meet the prerequisites. The Army Personnel Command has approval authority for compassionate reassignment.
Criteria for Compassionate Action
- The soldier needs to be present to resolve the problem, and it can't be done with leave.
- The problem cannot have been foreseen when the soldier last entered active duty.
- A family member includes spouse, child, parent, minor brother or sister, person in loco parentis, or the only living blood relative of the soldier. If not one of those people, they must be documented as a dependent or, in the case of parents-in-law, no other member of the spouse's family can help.
- For reassignment, a job (MOS) of the correct rank must be available at the requested installation.
- A pending assignment may be deferred until the request is decided. However, soldiers in basic training will not be deferred from AIT pending the results.
- The problem must be temporary and resolvable within one year, although longer deferments are sometimes approved.
Examples of Requests That Are Normally Approved
- Death, rape, or severe psychotic episode of your spouse or minor child.
- Terminal illness of an immediate family member whose doctor documents they are expected to pass within 12 months.
- Major surgery for spouse or minor child which will have 12 months or less of recovery time.
- If you were separated from your family due to military service (not negligence or misconduct) and your children are being placed in foster care.
- Adoption if the child is being placed within 90 days and the adoption was initiated before notification of reassignment.
- Soldiers en route from an accompanied OCONUS tour to an unaccompanied OCONUS tour may be deferred for up to 30 days. The deferment is for settlement of family when the soldier's presence is required for unforeseen problems.
- A recent death of other family members with extenuating circumstances.
Examples of Requests That Are Normally Not Approved
- You want to move to a new area.
- Divorce or separation and legal actions relating to it, including child custody.
- Gaining child custody in a divorce.
- Sole parenthood.
- Spouse's difficult pregnancy.
- Family member's allergies.
- Housing problems.
- Financial problems.
- Chronic problems relating to parents or parents-in-law.
If a compassionate action request is disapproved, a soldier may only request reconsideration for the same family emergency one time. If that is disapproved, there will be no further reconsideration.
For complete details about the Army's Compassionate Assignments Program, see Army Regulation 614-200, Enlisted Assignments and Utilization Management, paragraph 5-8.