Just now saw this thread. I'm another military member.
dependent wife! of active duty.
See my sig! I have had good success with the military so far.
The only prob is not being able to "shop" around for docs.
I have a great case manager who knows me, and she is so great, so that is the deal. Keeping in touch. If your CM leaves, find out who her replacement is and send her candy!!! My AN surgeon trained at HOUSE thankfully and he did an awesome job. He felt awful about the facial nerve being cut but I'm alive and I didn't stroke out during the surgery, so I count my blessings.
You just have to have faith in the system, retired or AD and keep on top of your condition.
My story is long and complicated, and I have to be extra patient as i await my facial fate.
I've had surgeries at Madigan Hospital, in Tacoma, WA
Wilford Hall in San Antonio, TX
University of WA in Seattle.
We are here to stay so I'm fortunate to be near Madigan Army where I follow up with the oculoplastic surgeon for my cornea issues. He will remain there forever (I hope) and I have follow ups with him. Hopefully some eye tweek surgeries maybe next year.
Anyway, glad to meet another military forumite! It is definitely a different approach.