IPEB Rebuttal Assistance

jessica6602

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Good Morning! I am new to this forum group, AD Chief USN. I've read through many post and found a lot of information so far. Thank you. I recently received my IPEB findings. They were UNFIT, separate with severance, Combined Disability at 0%. I have had my condition since 2011 and this is the first time being evaluated for it. I will have 16 years of service in July and would like to be found Fit.

I am in the process of writing my rebuttal and requesting the FPEB. Does anyone have any guidance/template for the rebuttal? Do you know for a fact if the board has access to my military record, or should I be submitting this as evidence? Any assistance of information would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Do you mind sharing your condition/severity? The USN leans heavily toward fit, so it may help to understand what is happening in your case. There is a tightrope to be walk here. If you fight to be found fit, but are not found fir you could end up with 0%. Another strategy would be to fight the 0% via a VARR. But again with no insight into your condition and severity it is difficult to talk about a workable strategy. Hopefully someone else has a better idea.
 

jessica6602

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Thank you for your interest in assisting me. I have Crohn's Disease and am being treated with anti-TNF meds (injectable). These can make me immunocompromised. I have had no issue with this condition since 2012 and all of my medical notes say without complication, mild, in clinical remission, etc. therefore, I don't think I would be able to fight the 0% with much success. I would really like to stay in and fulfill my time. I am a HM and have been maintaining my sea/shore rotation and have deployed to Vietnam and Australia. We are a shore intensive rate to begin with, however, earlier this year, I was awarded the Mortician NEC which only has shore billets. My NARSUM just states I'm not appropriate for sea-duty or deployment due to an increased risk of serious infection due to the medication I'm on.
 

Josh C

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I am in the process of writing my rebuttal and requesting the FPEB. Does anyone have any guidance/template for the rebuttal? Do you know for a fact if the board has access to my military record, or should I be submitting this as evidence? Any assistance of information would be greatly appreciated!

There should be a Navy Council that has lawyers on staff to help you write the rebuttal letter and your PEBLO should be able to send you a format. Its just normally a MFR format.
I just don't trust anyone but me when it comes to making sure that the information I want the board to see is in my record. When I submitted my information I went through my medical record line by line and formatted in into a chronological outline with all the corresponding paper attached. I then paid for a Independent Medical Exam by a doctor that knows how to write up the information in a format that the board can understand and excepts. The difference between a 30% and a 0% could all be in the verbiage a doctor used. If you go to a Doctor that specialized in you condition and he writes you a letter the board has to weigh that doctors opinion higher than some Doctor, nurse or physician assistant that isn't a specialist.
 

jessica6602

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There should be a Navy Council that has lawyers on staff to help you write the rebuttal letter and your PEBLO should be able to send you a format. Its just normally a MFR format.
I just don't trust anyone but me when it comes to making sure that the information I want the board to see is in my record. When I submitted my information I went through my medical record line by line and formatted in into a chronological outline with all the corresponding paper attached. I then paid for a Independent Medical Exam by a doctor that knows how to write up the information in a format that the board can understand and excepts. The difference between a 30% and a 0% could all be in the verbiage a doctor used. If you go to a Doctor that specialized in you condition and he writes you a letter the board has to weigh that doctors opinion higher than some Doctor, nurse or physician assistant that isn't a specialist.
Josh,
Thank you for your input. My Navy council gave me a generic format but I'm struggling with addition context. I wrote the timeline of events in my personal impact statement. My GI specialist has written me a favorable letter as well. I just don't know how many ways I can say that I can perform my duties. Questions like: Should I be including annual evaluations and awards to justify my statements? Is there such a thing as too many letters from supervisors stating that my condition didn't affect me in the performance of my duties? Should I state concerns about how my case has been processed? Thus far, I haven't been able to get these answered.
 

jessica6602

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Do you mind sharing your condition/severity? The USN leans heavily toward fit, so it may help to understand what is happening in your case. There is a tightrope to be walk here. If you fight to be found fit, but are not found fir you could end up with 0%. Another strategy would be to fight the 0% via a VARR. But again with no insight into your condition and severity it is difficult to talk about a workable strategy. Hopefully someone else has a better idea.
Thank you for your interest in assisting me. I have Crohn's Disease and am being treated with anti-TNF meds (injectable). These can make me immunocompromised. I have had no issue with this condition since 2012 and all of my medical notes say without complication, mild, in clinical remission, etc. therefore, I don't think I would be able to fight the 0% with much success. I would really like to stay in and fulfill my time. I am a HM and have been maintaining my sea/shore rotation and have deployed to Vietnam and Australia. We are a shore intensive rate to begin with, however, earlier this year, I was awarded the Mortician NEC which only has shore billets. My NARSUM just states I'm not appropriate for sea-duty or deployment due to an increased risk of serious infection due to the medication I'm on.
 

Josh C

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My NARSUM just states I'm not appropriate for sea-duty or deployment due to an increased risk of serious infection due to the medication I'm on
Since the policy of "deploy or get out" is in effect. You are going to have to fight the fact the the Doctor's dont feel you should deploy. I'm sure you have alot of akilades to represent all your hard work but the military had like 18% of the force non deployable and I feel like people were abusing the system and now they have implemented the policy that everyone has to deployable.
 

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Doc, I recommend you have counsel help you put together a package on your contributions to the Navy, since the diagnosis. The USN provides free legal counsel.
 

Usndocgreen

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Hey there! How are your fit reps and how is the attitude of your chain of command?? I would think a string letter or two from your chain stating that you are functioning well in rate and have displayed stellar performance etc etc etc would really make a difference if you definitely are wanting a fit finding.
 
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