AFCS Advice needed*

JJ90

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Hello all.

Bit of background information on myself.
Joined the army in 2007 at 17 years if age, served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other sandboxes. Eventually, after an eventful 10 years, i left in 2017.

In 2010, i was deployed overseas. I was a victim of sexual assault (penatrative sex). I do not want to get into too much detail on this as it still affects me today. I attended 3 years with constant treatment at the DCMH, which proved to be inaffective. This destroyed my career, setting me back years. I was overlooked, mocked and judged, til i decided enough was enough and i would stop the drinking and drugs.
I was only a 19 year old boy when i was raped by another male soldier.
All legal proceeding and court hearing have been on going since the day it was happened. My SIB officer has just contacted me, and telling me that i will have a court hearing in the near future due to them finding the culprit after the DNA which was taken from me on the day of the incident. From this, im hoping my attacker wont get off lightly.
When i started the stage of leaving the Army. I decided to give DCMH treatment another shot before i left the Army. I was Diagnosed with PTSD, depression and severe anxiety from the DCMH psychiatrist in August 2017.

Since leaving, i have struggled with day to day activities, sleep, socialising, being in crowds and my biggest fear is that i will never have children. May sound silly, but my relationships do not last ever since i was raped.

I was also urged to file a claim for my condition, to which i received an interim payment of $6000.
Since i was serving, and was raped from another serving soldier, am I right in continuing my claim with AFCS?
Or do i go to a solicitor and start again there?

Any advice or input is greatly appreciated.
 
Absolutely continue your AFCS claim, you would be wrong to anticipate that the outcome might not be as you expect and may have to fight it, so start doing your homework now.

You should also speak to a solicitor as well, there’s nothing stopping you doing both.
 
Absolutely continue your AFCS claim, you would be wrong to anticipate that the outcome might not be as you expect and may have to fight it, so start doing your homework now.

You should also speak to a solicitor as well, there’s nothing stopping you doing both.
What he said, good advice.

It is worth having a chat with a solicitor to get a qualified opinion on your situation. Try and do a bit of research before choosing a solicitor and make sure you get one who specializes in your kind of situation.

A bit of advice if I may; don’t shut yourself off from people, get out, meet people, laugh, be happy.
 

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