UPDATE: The Orlando Pension Board has granted full permanent disability to Orlando Police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Orlando Police Department first responder Gerry Realin has his final hearing before the Orlando Pension Board on Thursday. He’s waiting to see if his diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder will be enough to get him full pension disability.
Realin, a 37 year-old father of two, received full benefits from June 16, 2016 until the end of June 2017 when he was informed his personal leave benefits were depleted.
In a letter, the Pension Board told Realin he must undergo another medical exam before deciding if he should get the disability retirement pension.
On his last psychiatric evaluation on June 16, the doctor concluded Realin should be declared disabled from any kind of police work. His family says the Board required five separate evaluations, each of which concluded he was unable to work.
Realin’s wife recently told the New York Daily News they are down to “only a few hundred dollars” and can no longer afford treatment. She says they cannot afford the co-pays for doctors visits.
The Orlando Pension Board meets on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall.