20 year ANG, headed to MEB. Questions

Turb02

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(forgive me I dont know the whole process, yet and move to another section if this isnt the right place for this)
Last April I injured my lower back pretty bad while on duty (I have a LOD). Ortho also found issue with R. hip. back injury affects legs (pain, tingling and numbness in both)

I just started the MEB process, and am waiting on my Commander letter to be sent to medical for the package to be sent up. The military Dr. that sat in the first meeting (IDES?) stated that she has rarely seen a National Guard member be medically retired and my Commander should put "Member wants to retire" in her letter for the package, since Ill have 20 years drill time by the time anything ever gets determined (Ill hit 20 in June).

I feel that I would be losing out on a lot of benefits if they just "let me retire" vs getting medically retired.

I have a VA claims lawyer that Ill be using for the conditions and injuries Ive incurred over the years and deployments to the sandbox, but Im more specifically concerned with the MEB process.

1.) Ive read up on CRDP but since I dont have 20 active years of service, I wouldnt get that until my military retirement age of 58, assuming my rating is 50% or higher from the DoD rating. Ill have 20 good years, but not 20 active. Is this correct?

2.) If I am "allowed to retire" rather then getting "medically retired", I will not get TFL until I retire at the age of 58, instead of immediately, right?

3.) Can my VA claims lawyer do anything for me WRT the DoD rating? (Could ask him this I know, but Im asking here to see if anyone has had similar things happen)

4.) Should I get a medical nexus for the back injury, identifying the secondary issues its causing? (I ASSume, yes).

5.) Since I am Guard, does the MEB and rating actually "matter"? I as this final question because I already have 20 years in, can retire (by the time this is done). I am a federal employee and am required to use a form of their insurance (cant solely use TFL), dont qualify for CRDP, and wont get my retirement until 58 anyways? Does it benefit me in any way, getting medically retired with 20 good years of drill and deployments?

Thank you for anything you can help me with, as I navigate these murky waters.
 

Padgettra

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(forgive me I dont know the whole process, yet and move to another section if this isnt the right place for this)
Last April I injured my lower back pretty bad while on duty (I have a LOD). Ortho also found issue with R. hip. back injury affects legs (pain, tingling and numbness in both)

I just started the MEB process, and am waiting on my Commander letter to be sent to medical for the package to be sent up. The military Dr. that sat in the first meeting (IDES?) stated that she has rarely seen a National Guard member be medically retired and my Commander should put "Member wants to retire" in her letter for the package, since Ill have 20 years drill time by the time anything ever gets determined (Ill hit 20 in June).

I feel that I would be losing out on a lot of benefits if they just "let me retire" vs getting medically retired.

I have a VA claims lawyer that Ill be using for the conditions and injuries Ive incurred over the years and deployments to the sandbox, but Im more specifically concerned with the MEB process.

1.) Ive read up on CRDP but since I dont have 20 active years of service, I wouldnt get that until my military retirement age of 58, assuming my rating is 50% or higher from the DoD rating. Ill have 20 good years, but not 20 active. Is this correct?

2.) If I am "allowed to retire" rather then getting "medically retired", I will not get TFL until I retire at the age of 58, instead of immediately, right?

3.) Can my VA claims lawyer do anything for me WRT the DoD rating? (Could ask him this I know, but Im asking here to see if anyone has had similar things happen)

4.) Should I get a medical nexus for the back injury, identifying the secondary issues its causing? (I ASSume, yes).

5.) Since I am Guard, does the MEB and rating actually "matter"? I as this final question because I already have 20 years in, can retire (by the time this is done). I am a federal employee and am required to use a form of their insurance (cant solely use TFL), dont qualify for CRDP, and wont get my retirement until 58 anyways? Does it benefit me in any way, getting medically retired with 20 good years of drill and deployments?

Thank you for anything you can help me with, as I navigate these murky waters.
Turb02, in my opinion and experience you should strive to go through the MEB process. If you have a 20 year letter or get DOD rating of 30% or more and your condition is stable, then you will get PDRL. If you ghet a VACP rating of 50% or more then at your promise date (58 years accorfing to your post) your will get CDRP. As to your federal employment, Tricare is allowed if you are medically retired and it saves you money instead of paying FEHB. Additionally, Tricare counts towards your 5 year requirement prior to your MRA 30 FERS. Caveat is that you have to time an open season and pick FEHB back up prior to FERS retirement so you can have in in the out years. Once you retire from FERS with FEHB, then you can suspend it and use your Tricare. Discuss with your HR retirement specialist to make sure you have a good plan for your specific situation. I just got my PDRL 60% and had 60 days to switch to Tricare. Best regards, Ron P
 

sbarq1

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Turbo....how did your scenario play out? I just had my formal med board decision with a rating at 40% and am going to be permanently medically retired (PDRL). I have an overall of 70% with the VA. I'll be 48 in December and don't really have an idea what to expect pay wise or what benefits will be available to me and my family. Have you formally been shown on paper what to expect?
Thanks,
 

RonG

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Turbo....how did your scenario play out? I just had my formal med board decision with a rating at 40% and am going to be permanently medically retired (PDRL). I have an overall of 70% with the VA. I'll be 48 in December and don't really have an idea what to expect pay wise or what benefits will be available to me and my family. Have you formally been shown on paper what to expect?
Thanks,
The following addresses only the remarks quoted above.

Your retired pay will be the higher of:
--High three average base pay x 40% multiplier = retired pay
or
--Your active duty equivalent years x 2.5% = multiplier; High three average base pay x multiplier = retired pay

Your retired pay will be reduced by the amount of your VA compensation. It possibly will result in zero retired pay remaining.

You will receive your full VA compensation.

If you have 20 good years and the supporting letter, you will be eligible for CRDP (with a VA rating of 50% or more) at the same you would have been eligible for reserve retirement which is approximately age 60.
CRDP will restore the longevity portion of the retired pay that is waived.

You might be eligible for CRSC if you have combat related disabilities. See THIS LINK <----

Ron
 
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