Informal Physical Evaluation Board

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Q: I have a question about compensation? A: See this: Compensation Q & A Q: What is my chances to get xx% compensation? A: The serverity of your condition/how many unfitting conditions are submitted/whoever does your boar/what is in your records. It would be a guess on my part at best. Q: I received a military rating < 30%, should I appeal? A: I would, you have nothing to loose, even if they rate you as 0% your severance pay will be the same. Q: I received a military rating > 30%, should I appeal? A: Well you can, however they could drop you below 30% and then you will only receive severance pay.In these cases, you should look at the evidence carefully and decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. (Admins: edit/add as...
I am currently going through the PEB process. My PEBLO sent my MEB package to IPEB on 13 Jun 24. She said that the Action Officer has 48 hrs from the time she submits the package to open it and start working on it which would put it to today (17 Jun) at the latest for the Action Officer to start. My PEBLO also stated that the Action Officer has 12 duty days to decide fit/unfit and if unfit then they reach out to the VA for the ratings and the VA has 16 duty days to send those back making it a total of 28 duty days for me to find out if I am fit or unfit. I only have 1 condition they are considering for MEB. Is the 28 duty days realistic for only 1 condition?
My initial packet went up to AFPC and we just got the results. It stated return to duty but I can only be deployed to the states. We are shocked because my commander, doctor, and psychologist all stated that I should NOT be returned to Active Duty. I had back surgery 3 years ago but the severe back pain came back less than a year later. My back is now worse, cannot be fixed with surgery and all doctors have stated it will not get better. I am missing work because of the pain, I have pain shooting down both legs, tarsal tunnel symptoms in my right ankle, my knee cannot straighten, my knee and ankle give out, I cannot bend backward at all, I cannot lift more than 20lbs without pain, I cannot run, do push-ups or sits up. I started the MEB...
March 12th 2024: IDES briefing March 21st 2024: MSC called and helped to fill out forms & submit claims April 22nd ,2024: VA exams ended. June, 12th 2024: Narsum signed June 14th, 2024: Narsum sent to PEB I haven't heard anything since then from my Peblo. Tried get update but peblo kept saying it takes 180 days to get done with the PEB stage. Does anyone know how long it might take to get fit/unfit findings? I am exhausted and just want to be over with this process.
Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place. While I was in we were doing night drills on post and while responding I fell into a hole in the dark that was about 3 feet deep I ended up injuring my ankle, after several month I returned back to full duty. My ankle was never the same, constant pain, swelling when i ran, giving out causing me to fall unexpectedly. The last time I was going down a flight of stairs, the ankle gave out and I rolled down a flight of stairs. My ankle was placed back in a cast again and same thing all over. To make a long story short I was medically discharged and given 10 percent disability. This was in the late 80's now I'm my 50's I was walking one day, and my back went out. I was taken to hospital and...
Hello all, I am currently diagnosed with Nacropley type II. I was sent up through a MED board with unspecific hypersomnia and Migraines, 10%, and 30%, respectively. I rejected the findings after I got them back. My last study came back showing I have full Narcolepsy with frequent sleep attacks after it was sent up. My doctor updated the information in my file, but I never had an examination for my new narcolepsy status. My doctor is willing to claim I have Excessive Sleepiness, Sleep paralysis, Sleep onset, and Sleep attacks between 2-3 a day but does not feel comfortable putting the represented numbers in sections 3B and 3D on the Narcolepsy form and claiming that Seizures have nothing to do with Narcolepsy in bold. I understand this...
Let me start from the beginning. I was up for orders and did an overseas screening. My NTC approved my screening and sent it over to a ship for approval. Ship said that because I had chiropractic and pain management that I was not fit. my command sent a letter to pers to have the ruling overruled. PERS sent me straight to PEB. I have never been on limu and all of my PFA have been excellent. Because I had a case open for over 12 months per says that counts as time served I do not want to get out I will be 16 years in July. How do I fight this? I am only interested in how to fight this. I am not interested in medical separation benefits.
Hello all, Have been in the IDES process since around September of 2023 and just recently discovered this forum. Here is the basics of what has happened so far: Sep. 2023 - Started IDES Process Dec. 2023 / Jan. 2024 - Completed C&P Exams Feb. 2024 - Case submitted to MEB Mar. 7th 2024 - Case advances from MEB to PEB Mar. 26th 2024 - Informed by PEBLO that my case is in the "QA - Post Adjudication Phase". I do not really know what is happening next or if there is anything I need to do in order to prepare myself. My referred condition was "MDD - recurrent severe without psychotic features". I also have a PTSD diagnosis related to MST. Spent 9 days in inpatient psych ward and then 7 days inpatient a few months later. Also did 2...
Hey there, I received my unofficial results of "unfit" and was told i'm now in QA, I got my prelimary ratings about a month ago and now I was moreso curious if anyone has ever heard of PEB unofficial finding has turned to "Fit" after the QA Phase? Not a whole lot of information on exactly what happens during each phase that i can find.
I submitted my signed NARSUM to my PEBLO on 4/19, I haven't heard from her since, not even a confirmation that she received my NARSUM. I've sent three e-mails, the first one just seeing if she received the NARSUM, the second and third were following up to again, see if she had received the NARSUM. Today I broke down and called the PEB. Jeff let me know that my case is currently being voted on. Can anyone give me insight on where this means I'm at in the process? What comes next?
Hi everyone, I have learned a great deal from this forum my IDES process. My question is, how should I proceed if I disagree with one of the conditions (not referral) in the VA proposed rating? Here's the situation: I had a C&P exam in February for my back, during which the examiner did not use the correct tools to determine my range of motion (ROM) and failed to note down any of my flare-ups or radiating pain in both legs, despite all my medical records indicating these symptoms. Following the exam, I promptly sent a letter to the VA, PEBLO, and the MSC. Unfortunately, the MSC responded that since it's not the referred condition, they won't address the issue with that C&P and will continue with the IDES process. They advised me, "You...
Just got my ratings and I am at 20% DoD/100% VA. My severance pay will be around 95-100k and there should be no recoupment as I would still be 100% VA without my 20% DoD condition(if I understand this correctly?). I have a family of 4 (two kids under age 2) so I am trying to make the best decision when it comes to deciding whether to appeal with the PEB to add an additional disqualfying condition or not. As far as I see, the big difference between 20% and 30%+ would be that I would get tricare instead of ChampVA, and I would miss out on 95-100k (which is a significant $ amount long-term as I would invest all of this into index funds). Does it make sense for me to appeal, is tricare for life that much more worth it than ChampVA that I...
Background: NY Army National Guard Soldier I have approximately 17.5 years AGR, reach 18 years in November, currently still AGR, I currently have over 90 days of leave, and will still have 60 come the new fiscal year. In September, I reach 19 years M-Day. I am doing my MED board through Ft, Drum. That’s where my PEBLO and VA rep are located out of. I was told by the VA rep, it is supposed to take 6-7 months to complete everything, but currently on average, it’s taking around 9 months. So I was referred to the MRB process back in February, had my brief with my PEBLO approximately March 12, returned the requested documents approximately April 12. End of April had my VA brief and met with VA rep May 2 to fill out all items I’m looking...
Apologies if in in the wrong IPEB vs FPEB so lost right now. All c&ps complete, NARSUM complete/legal reviewed/signed and submitted for ratings, VA app and website has the claim closed and says decision letter available (can’t see it says it’s been mailed) MSC has ratings (won’t tell me). Now here’s my confusion, my TRICARE online has a new document of: (Original Practitioner Addendum - Returned Exam Report - Medical) says they didn’t rate both sides whenever I claimed it. (Bilateral knee pain). Just looks like a request for clarification (see redacted image). I then got an email about a c&p exam scheduling from the VA about be on stand by for optum serve to contact me. Why am I being scheduled for an additional exam if my ratings are...
Hello everyone. I want to share my experience with the MEB/PEB here in hopes it may help others in a similar scenario. Please feel free to reach out anytime. Background: Joined the Navy Sep 2004. Accumulated various and un related injuries / illness’s up to my 18 1/2 year mark. MEB was initiated following the discovery of brain lesions, causing severe hand tremors and various polyneuropathy issues of all extremities. Some serious back issues were added to my referring conditions. However, I will state, other VA claimed issues seemed more unfitting than these. More on that at the end for lessons learned. I am now over 19 1/2 years. The PEB concluded and I accepted my findings, Naval message was released today with a PDRL NLT date of...
I have yet to accept my findings, even though it’s all I’ve wanted, which I received 4/11/24. 50/100 PDRL. Got a meeting with my attorney tomorrow (4/17/24). My NLT date to submit an election is April 26th and I'm trying to see if it can get dragged out, so that I have an EAS in August or September. Which is my goal and will give me more time in terms of seeing medical, knocking out transition requirements, checking out of unit, and the terminal leave/PTAD I want in July/August/Sept. Has anyone ever received an extension after the IPEB Findings either to the 90 days or even more days for medical purposes? I'm in need of the extra time and I'm concerned because i don't want anything to go wrong with the Proposed PEB findings. Any...
I was put on TDRL from the Navy in Nov2008 for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I received 100% rating from the VA. I was re-evaluated by C&P at VA in Aug2012 and my rating dropped to 30%, but have never so much as been contacted by anyone from the Department of the Navy, let alone been ordered to MTF for physical evaluation. No PEBLO was assigned that I'm aware of either. I keep looking back over all my paperwork from five years ago and from all the research I've been doing it seems that they are required by law to re-evaluate you every 18 months. Anyway, I hit my 5 year mark as of 01DEC2013 and my pay stopped in Jan. I called DFAS to inquire as to why my pay stopped (was receiving pay from both DoD and VA; not sure if that was right...
Hi, I received my ratings and am within 7 months of getting my 20 AGR TAFMS date. I've been all over the place trying to confirm/validate/find in writing whether or not 7,200 AD points will be equated to 20 active years (and draw immediately versus waiting 15 years to hit 60) or if I must hit my 20 TAFMS date, and points don't really matter. Concurrent receipt now vs 15 years down the road is a huge difference in finances. I have over 60 days leave and will get 20 permissive. So that's almost 3 months to help stretch it out. Doing a VARR should add about another month and half. It's pretty tight now. I called about every agency I could think of and get conflicting info. VA ratings: 80%; VA 100%. Thank you.
I received my findings back on the 21st of February. Yesterday I got my retirement date and it’s the 29th of April. While I am happy to have my date, I applied for the WARTAC skillbridge program and it does not start until the 6th of May. Is there anyway to extend out my retirement date to be able to attend my program? Or am I SOL at this point. I am in the Navy

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