Q. I served on active duty from March 1987 to August 1993. I was on the temporary disability retirement list for five years, then placed on the permanent disability retirement list. I was active during the first Gulf War but did not serve in country. I was stationed in Japan. I was told that time does not count for leave accrual because my disability was not caused by instrumentality of war. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1992, and that is why the Coast Guard medically retired me.
A. To see the rules on leave accrual for retired members of the armed forces, go to www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp, then scroll and click on Service Credit for Leave Accrual and Retirement.