I have followed with some interest the dilemma and troubles fellow comrades have had to endure whilst going through the painful process of medical discharge. In general I would say that most have been frustrated, abandoned and confused. Consequently I thought that things were not as bad as they seem, some guys are just unlucky. However, today I found out I was completely wrong. I have been medically discharged after 22 years and 8 months (Army) for bi lateral hearing loss. I was on V eng so my service was cut short by 16 months. My last day of service is in July so I thought I would ring up SPVA to ensure that they have my med discharge paperwork and a claim would be automatically raised (info from their website). I had previously submitted a claim supported by my MO and didn’t have sufficient hearing loss to warrant a claim (1dB under the 50dB threshold) left 43 dB loss and right 49dB loss. I was advised to apply for a reconsideration which was unsuccessful. So I left it at that, unlucky do your last 2 years. Nevertheless, after another audio and the introduction of hearing aids my hearing test results were worse. The MO advised me that my hearing was well within the criteria for an award and to send a letter to the SPVA for reconsideration. He also told me that I would probably be medically discharged to protect my hearing. In Oct last year I sat on a medical board and was discharged under QR9.387 and sent on leave until my release date. I was told to reapply for compensation by the board. Today the SPVA told me that they wouldn’t look at my case again due to it being already being decided. I told them that I am now being medically discharged and that a new claim should automatically be raised as per their website information. No was the answer the website is wrong we will tell management. I was told by the SPVA to write another letter to the AFCS the day I am discharged it might help.....Thanks for nothing. I am now awaiting med discharge not fully aware of what pension I will receive and to add to it no chance of commutation. I feel frustrated and let down by a system that should support the soldiers. Sorry for the long post.