Jason Perry

Founder of PEB Forum.
Jason Perry
Sailors and Marines separated between Sept. 12, 2016, and June 11, 2018 eligible for new PEB
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Court orders new PEB for certain Sailors and Marines This is a very good option for affected DoN personnel.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PEB FORUM!! (17 years and going strong)!!
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Seventeen years ago today, I opened the PEB FORUM. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! If you don't know the backstory, I was serving as the Chief, Soldier's Counsel at the Ft. Sam Houston Formal PEB board. I was in my terminal assignment, having submitted my resignation about a year before (that's another story....my packet kept on getting "lost"). I was Chief of an office that varied in strength between one Lawyer (Me) or up to three, depending on manning. In those days, we were the only assigned counsel available, and I was handling a huge caseload. But, the challenges aside, I had the advantage of seeing ALL of the cases that came through the FPEB. At that time, we would contact Soldiers 14-10 days before their hearing and then fly them in for 3 days. Day 1, check-in and interview/prep the Soldier. Day 2 conduct the Formal PEB hearing. Day 3, validate orders and they flew back out. That was it. I noticed a pattern. The cases seemed to fall into about thirds- one third were clear winners...
VA Healthcare under PACT Act!
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Another important benefit is available for those exposed to burn pits and toxins. You can apply here:

A Stunning Medical Failure at BAMC

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IMG_2391.jpegThis is stunning- the Army’s premiere hospital (headquartered at the home of Army Medicine at JB Sam Houston, in San Antonio) has an ongoing problem with having non-sterile surgical instruments cancelling or slowing surgeries. I am glad that they are aware of the problem. And it’s good to see that there have not been any catastrophic consequences (at least that we know about). But, I don’t understand how this can happen. Instrument trays with hair, blood, and bone being placed in an operating room? How does that happen? I don’t know anything about what the process is supposed to look like when things are working right but I have to think this is a task that should be achieved without difficulty.

New VA Life Insurance Program (VALife)

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Here's an article about the VALife program.

"New life insurance program for disabled vets sees high demand​

By Leo Shane III More than 31,000 disabled veterans received life insurance coverage through a new targeted federal program last year, a total that Veterans Affairs officials said underscores the interest in the offerings and the need for wider outreach on its availability. The VALife program — open to veterans aged 80 and under with no disqualifications for medical reasons — was launched in...
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Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!! I am looking forward to an exciting year, both personally, and for the PEB FORUM! I will be posting several updates soon about emerging issues with the Military DES! I have recently grappled with a few cases concerning the use of "negative evidence" (the MEBs/PEBs/BCMRs claiming that there is insufficient evidence on a point, when case law in the Federal Circuit limits the use of negative evidence), incomplete and inaccurate MEBs that the PEBs use to justify lowball ratings, the failure to revise profiles after the VA exams and ratings indicate a high degree of disability, and several other issues of interest to those in the DES/IDES! I hope all are enjoying a relaxing and peaceful holiday and I look forward to seeing you here in the New Year!!
Looking ahead to impact of a Federal Government Shutdown
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It's looking more certain that a shutdown will happen. I wanted to share what I know. I just read this from a Military Times article: "Navy leaders said that all physical evaluation board processes for sailors and Marines will be paused until the shutdown is resolved." I suspect that this will be the case DoD-wide. I have recently noticed a much higher number of civilians sitting on Army boards (two boards over the past month that I have gone to have had two out of three board members who were civilians, including the Presiding Officer). I spoke with a PEBLO yesterday who mentioned that he would be required to work without pay during the shutdown. I don't know if that is going to be the case for all PEBLOs, but it's a possibility. I also spoke with a Department of Justice...

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