Welcome to our group and I'm sorry it has to be under unfortunate circumstances. I have been through a very similar journey healthwise and government-wise. I like your insight into the "agenda" and have always been fairly well convinced of the same. And key to our situations is that we don't have the option of returning to our "agencies" - something I've actually never seen addressed before.
I appreciate your sharing your personal background and your helpful suggestions for the benefit of others.
For the group, the quote Rick used to which I'm referring is as follows:
"I hypothesis, that OWCP has an
unsavory AGENDA TO DENY as many FEDERAL WORKERS Comp Cases as
possible (even if they have to `cook the books' to do so)? They
probably figure that this may not be such a bad thing. After all, if
a FEDERAL WORKER (and there are a relatively very few of us injured
Peace Corps Workers lumped-in with perhaps 1,000 of other injured
federal workers) is denied his/her claim, he/she can always go back
to work, injured or not, and start the process to get a disability
retirement (i.e., if they are still injured), and then every thing
will work out hunky-dory. But unlike Federal Workers, injured Peace
Corps VOLUNTEERS do not have this return-to-work option."
Stay in touch with us, Rick.