Physical Evaluation Board System Overview

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.

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This post, like this site, is a work in progress. I realized recently that even though all the information on the Physical Disability Evaluation System (PDES) can be found here, first time visitors probably need a guide to understand what is going on with their case. I will be posting a more comprehensive "Guide" in the near future. But for now, I want to put out this post to help newcomers and members alike understand how to use this site. First, in the Physical Disability Evaluation...
 
I have an important advisory and issue of great importance for Air Force Reserve Component Members (Air Reserve and Air National Guard members). A few weeks back a colleague of mine called me and asked whether I had heard of ARC/ANG members being processed through the Legacy Disability Evaluation System (LDES). My friend shared a story of a client who was an AF Reserve member who was referred to the MEB and then the PEB notified his client that he was being processed by the PEB as an LDES...
The question on most of our minds is this: How long is it all going to take? This is an attempt to answer that question, but it's going to take all of us to do it. The idea is to give a very detailed account of the timeline of each person's case. It's one thing to say "in February I was tumpy tumpy" but there's a world of difference and two pay periods between the beginning of the month and end of it. Somwhere there's the theory if the sample population (ours here) is large enough, it...
Welcome again, everyone (well, as of now I am the only one registered here, but this is for all the future members). As I explained in the anouncement, I have created this site to provide US Military Servicemembers information about the MEB / PEB proccess. This is intended to be a one stop information resource center and discussion board. This is my first message board/website, so please bear with me as I learn more about this board's software and how to improve the user experience. Please...
 
So, you are starting in the military disability process....you probably feel like the characters above. Let me point out several pointers and common errors that impact folks in getting to a favorable outcome. 1) Make an honest and fair evaluation of your situation and your goals as early as possible- then fight for your desired outcome. I have stated this countless times. One of the best things you can do to get the outcome you desire is to decide as early as possible what your desired...
Mind you these are all referenced to the Army, some may cross over to the other services those of you out there please post them on this discussion too! Thanks all!! Legacy-Old MEB/PEB process. IDES-Integrated Disability Evaluation System; new MEB/PEB process. DoD-means any military service/encompasses all. MEB-Medical Evaluation Board. PEB-Physical Evaluation Board. MMRB-MOS/Medical Retention Board. NARSUM-Narrative Summary. IPEB- Informal Physical Evaluation Board...
I was recently contacted by a staff member from the DoD Recovering Warrior Task Force. There is a panel discussion that they are holding in the Crystal City (Arlington), VA on Dec. 5, and they are looking for interested members going through the IDES. I was asked to post this announcement (which sounds like a good opportunity for people to have their concerns heard): The DoD Recovering Warrior Task Force (RWTF) is seeking Wounded, Ill, or Injured Service members who are in the...
I'm Active Duty Marines, on a Med Board for Mental Health Conditions. I didn't want to write a personal statement letter in fear of it somehow backfiring, but the Disability Evaluation System (DES) Attorney really wants me to. She sent me a template for guidance and wants to go over it with me once I'm done. Should I just go ahead and trust her on this and do it? Or is it better to play it safe and don't do one?
Right now I’m just waiting on my orders and plan on getting out as soon as I can after I get them (hoping it doesn’t take more than 2 weeks for my orders) My question is, after I’m fully out of the army how long does it take for disability paychecks to start coming in? Trying to plan finances I plan on getting a job but unit won’t let me do interviews until I’m out. Any advice helps.
When the waiting is getting too long. Timeline for those who are also anxiously waiting. You are not alone. 03/2/20 - Referred to the MEB 03/13/20 - Peblo assigned 03/16/20 - Peblo Meeting 03/17/20 - MSC Meeting for Intake 04/2/20 - First QTC appointment (Cancelled due to the Covid) 04/6/20 - Appointment with MEB Doctor via Telephone 06/5/20 - Rescheduled QTC Appointments (Cancelled with unknown reason) 07/15/20 - Rescheduled QTC Appointments Completed Except One (No exam can be performed...
I am active duty navy going through a medboard for MS. Signed narsum on September 8th and case was sent to Washington naval yards on september 14th. I received 30/90 proposed ratings about 3 weeks ago and just wondering if the PEB/VA are actually working together at the same time. I just spoke with the VA on the phone and she sounded clueless when I asked about the collatteral process with them and the DOD side. I'm sorry if this post doesn't make sense but just wanting to spark some...
Greetings, I have 17 years in the Navy and was just selected for promotion, allowing me to theoretically serve to 28 years. However, my aches and pains finally brought me to medical 2 months ago, after some MRI and X-rays , I have arthritic knees and many spine and neck issues. Looking at bi lateral partial knee replacement next month. Lots of reduced range and pain in back for disk degeneration and spinal stenosis that shows up on MRIs, I’m in intensive PT for spine, but may need spine...
So I’ve been in the MEB for sometime now and without going back to the beginning my packet hit the PEB desk the 8th of October. So far no response from my PEBLO, I feel like I bother him and irritate him with how often I check in for updates. Anyway. My anxiety is really cooking over here. All I can think about is my consultation with legal discussing my NARSUM. I have 6 unfit conditions on my NARSUM. 1. Cervical spine herniations w/ spinal stenosis and 2. radiculopathy in L/arm 3...
I'm real messed up. physically I also have some head issues too. I have been trying to get a med board for a while. I switched units. now there is an actual medical NCO in this one unfortunately the commander died in a plan crash so... now they finally got a replacement. The pandemic didn't help things. I have stuff sent in and waiting on some paperwork stuff. I was a 1SG for a while and stayed on until I could find a replacement because we had no senior NCOES that were not deployed...
Hello, I'm in the Air Force and I just started going to mental health about a week ago for some anxiety. I relayed that the symptoms began occurring after some incidents I responded to at work. I didn't single one out specifically because in reality, I don't know what started causing severe anxiety. What are the chances I'll get an LOD from mental health and what would the process look like. Brand new to the pebforum so please feel free to dump as much information on me as possible.
Timeline at Fort Campbell, KY: Referral from P/A: 16 January 2020 Referral Received by IDES: 02 February 2020 Completed Filing VA Claims with MSC: 02 March 2020 Complete Medical Exams with IDES/QTC: 13 August 2020 DoD Physician contacts me regarding my packet: 19 August 2020 PEBLO contacts me with NARSUM and signed: 26 August 2020 NARSUM and MEB findings submitted to IPEB: 02 September 2020 VA sent a proposed ratings of 70%, however, that is not set in stone just yet. Still waiting on the...
Hey all, This is my first post on here. Got a question for you since I am lost and confused. I was put in for the Med Board on 26 May 2020. I was assigned a PEBLO and had a phone interview with the MEB Dr. Other than that nothing has been done. I have not heard from my PEBLO in two months. I go to the VA website and it states my claim is still in the evidence gathering phase with an estimation date of 31 Jul 2021. No one has reached out to me for my VA exams. I understand things are slow...
There are three sets of numbers and they range from initial being 20% and Flare up being 30%....which do they use? INITIAL Forward Flexion (0-45): 0 to 30 degrees Left Lateral Flexion (0-45): 0 to 30 degrees Extension (0-45): 0 to 30 degrees Right Lateral Rotation (0-80): 0 to 60 degrees Right Lateral Flexion (0-45): 0 to 30 degrees Left Lateral Rotation (0-80): 0 to 60 degrees REPEATED USE Forward Flexion (0-45): 0 to 25 degrees Extension (0-45): 0 to 25 degrees Right Lateral...
Good Morning all, I'm over 22 years which does affect benefits but shouldn't impact the process from my understanding. I am trying to figure out what the current timeline is for Ft Bragg from IDES referral to signing out on terminal leave. I'm being given answers ranging from 5 months to a year from professionals within the IDES process which doesn't do much to help me plan beyond the Army. Here's my timeline thus far. I was referred to IDES two weeks ago, I am doing my legal brief and...
Hello, was wondering how surgery affects your VA claim after you get retired or separated. I have bilateral FAIs, cam deformities with labral tears in my hips. After I get out I would like to pursue some type of surgery to get some relief, how will that affect my VA compensation? Thank you.
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