In short, I was medically discharged having done just under 14 years in 1996 and decided to not do the 'old soldier' routine... I lost most of my contacts as I moved on with civi life, I just put my head down and got on with it. Moving around the UK meant even the pension department lost touch with me for a while. Last friday I went to see a specialist about my recurring left knee pain, having had an X-ray a week or 2 before. I was expecting to hear "needs a camera and a wash out" ...no such luck. Shock Horror! Late stage 3, osteoarthritis - There's nothing left of the inner knee cartilage. Pain is from bone on bone contact! ....mmmm nice! Now it looks like I'm about to revisit the past - cos I'm only 45 this year and shouldn't need a new knee for another 20 years... The Doc advised me if I was an ex-soldier to contact the VA - I did and they are sending out paperwork that may require a medical review. I need a pointer from the experienced ARRSE members... I was medically discharged in 96 on a pension with a 20% disabled (service attrib) war pension for a shoulder injury. No probs with that... 10 year review came up in 2006 with no surprises - its not had a miracle cure from the 13 dislocations and 2 operations and I'm not chasing ambulances for more wonga! Job done get on with life... I've done nothing in the last 15 years even close to physical but my knee has been building up for quite some time and now pressing the clutch to change gear hurts, which is no small problem for me, at a current average 700 miles a week! I've done no damage or trauma to my knees since leaving the army! So, has my service career created this problem? I suppose it will be for a board to decide. I'm hoping the Army service that visibly shattered my left shoulder may also be responsible for the early damage to my knee that was never looked for in 96 - leading to my current problems? I'm worried about how to approach this and not sure what is about to drop on the door mat from the VA. This isn't a review on my 'current / discharge' problem... its new and I don't have access to the same advice channels I used to have. Any pointers greatly received!