I don't why the person did or not take certain actions. But, in my experience, COAD approval is a long shot and is not granted easily. (Years ago, this was different).Hello
The question I have for you how come you didn't put in a COAD package to help with the extension for you to stay on until your 20th year.
Also how come you didn't appeal your case.
No, he cannot just deny it if they initiate it he will have to fight for a "fit" finding to beat it. I personally never think its beneficial starting at about 15 years but especially 18, 19 years in as long as he has a diagnosis on the books with the willingness to complete at least 20 years of service should be good for a VA rating once retired.Hello, I had a question. my husband had 18 years in and his BH just considered him for MEB our confusion starts with whether or not this is beneficial for us at all. Can he deny a MEB and just finish his less than 18 months and drop his regular reitrment packet? if he does accept the MEB will he still get his retirement plus his VA claim?
IMHO, you should do the MEB. Although most folks will tell you pay will be the same, the risks associated with that pay are different. Whatever disability percentage the DoD awards as unfit may no longer be argued by the VA -- you have it forever both DoD & VA. Additionally, disability pay is non-severable in divorce; you have it forever.Good afternoon everyone. I am glad I found this group. Currently I am at 23 years and my doctor started to talk about MEB. Since that first conversation last week, my wife and I have some many questions. Some of them are:
What would be better, to submit my retirement packet and not do the MEB?
Go through the MEB process instead?
Will I be losing money if we go through the MEB process?
These are some of the questions. Reading through all the previous comments I think it will be better to go through the MEB process. Is the CRDP happens automatically or do I will have to requested? Thank you all for your time. Have a great day.
IMHO, you should do the MEB. Although most folks will tell you pay will be the same, the risks associated with that pay are different. Whatever disability percentage the DoD awards as unfit may no longer be argued by the VA -- you have it forever both DoD & VA. Additionally, disability pay is non-severable in divorce; you have it forever.
The disadvantage to the MEB is an unknown timeline in exiting the service. This causes some folks quite a bit of stress as humans normally fear the unknown. It also makes it difficult to make future job plans.
Bets of luck with your decisions,
Ron, I am looking at your last sentence about the REDUX. I am one of those that chose the CSB/REDUX. I kind of regret it now but it is what it is at this point. I am curious how different it is the calculation. Thank you.If your 23 years are active duty, CRDP is automatic assuming your VA rating is 50% or more.
Re: Will I be losing money if we go through the MEB process?
The least amount of retired pay you will receive is the dollar amount of the longevity portion of the retired pay. You should be aware that if you choose a medical retirement and the DoD disability retirement is more than the longevity portion of retirement, the residual retired pay after the VA offset will reduce the CRDP.
The combination of residual retired pay and CRDP cannot exceed the dollar amount of the longevity retirement.
Should you choose a straight 20-year AD duty retirement (i.e., regular retirement), the CRDP allows you to receive all your retired pay (partially or all via CRDP) plus you VA compensation.
CRDP for those who chose Career Status Bonus (CSB)/REDUX at year 15 is computed differently.
Recommend reading the last couple of posts at this link: VA waiver issueRon, I am looking at your last sentence about the REDUX. I am one of those that chose the CSB/REDUX. I kind of regret it now but it is what it is at this point. I am curious how different it is the calculation. Thank you.
Eaglerising1976 - I am also in a situation where I can drop an AD regular 20 yr retirement package ( I just learned this info when ARPC called me), but I have been pushing for an MEB and have an LOD started now finally. I have been found Unfit by the WWDE, so I know the outcome of the MEB, but I don't think that would give me a DoD disability rating? If I just retire, I will be 50% for retirement (having a current 60% VA rating) but that could increase from DoD from an MEB, correct? My goal is to retire soon, and be in the best possible position for life after serving.OFP, thank you for providing your opinion. I am leaning more towards going through the MEB process based on many of the post that I've seen. Additionally, I have an ADSO due to transferring my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my dependents, but I was told by one of the people that handles the Post 9/11 GI Bill that if I get medically retired, then they will adjust my ADSO to whatever my orders state as my last day in service.