An overview of the Physical Disability Evaluation System, including the MEB and PEB. Also, important decisions at each stage of the PDES, benefits, continuation on active duty/active reserve ( COAD / COAR ), the eight year rule, and more.
Medical Evaluation BoardIssues early in the PDES proccess, especially the Medical Evaluation Board. Includes important decisions regarding elections, appeals and influencing the referral to the Physical Evaluation Board.
Post Service Appeal OptionsOptions and process after the Physical Evaluation Board. Includes administrative appeals, Physical Disability Board of Review, BCMR, Discharge Review Boards, and suits in Federal Court
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Wondering if I have a shot of potentially getting a Return to Duty on my MEB/PEB. I am a 3P0X1 working back office and have been in for 2 years. Trying to fight my MEB
Currently I have a MEB for my scoliosis of the lumbar spine for a 40 degree curvature. It started when I went to OST just to document some minor back pain to which the Captain said I could have some minor scoliosis which I have no prior knowledge or documentation of. He asked if I wanted an X-ray to which I said yes without thinking much of it. Little did I know that this opened up a case where from this one X-ray I have a 40 degree curve which is a disqualifier for not only my career field but also the Air Force. I haven't experienced any serious pain since then and it doesn't hinder me from my work but they decided even with my commander putting a comment for me to retrain they went forward with the MEB.
I am in the early stage where I have VA appointments but I haven't claimed anything other than my scoliosis and my hearing. I made sure to tell every medical person I had to meet with that I am still able to do my job and that I do not have any issues with my back. I even got a letter of recommendation from my commander saying that I should be retrained and that I am an asset worth retaining. Currently I'm trying to find an answer or if someone has a similar situation to mine where they fought to stay and potentially won. I know it may seem unorthodox but I at least want to retrain into a job like admin or supply. I do understand I brought this upon myself and I could medically retire but I am dead set on staying in. Other than this is a disqualifier according to the AFI I don't see why I can't just retrain and be on a waiver.
I have done everything in my power so far to hopefully get the approval of the board to let me continue my service. All I am waiting for right now is for all my paperwork to get set up to the board and hopefully I do not have to appeal. If anyone has any advice or information that could help me I would really appreciate it.
Hi PtDraco, I read your post about going through MEB (I'm in the PEB phase now) and also going to the board in Nov for DA board (06). Wanted to ask you how it worked out for you with yours and if there's any advice to share. Should I write a letter to the President of The Board? Thank you much.