My 22 y/o nephew in the Navy received a liver transplant last year. Cause for the liver failure could not be determined. He's sat at home for the past year waiting MEB and PEB. He just got paperwork this week awarding him 30% disability and has 14 days to accept or dispute it. He's still in a state of denial/disbelief over the liver transplant and has not paid attention to anything about this disability process. We, his family (he's single), are not military and don't know how to help him. 30% doesn't sound like much for what he's been through. He takes a LOT of anti-rejection meds everyday. I read on VA web posting that at 30% he will have to pay 50% of his medications which are extremely expensive. Will he be able to get all his medical care through the VA? Should he dispute the 30%? He said that he will be TDRL but doesn't really understand what that means or how that effects things. Can anyone help direct us how to help him? He's so lost right now. Thank-you for this site! - Lyn
He is being retired by the Navy on a temporary basis. If he is able to return to active duty they will do so during the first 5 years. He will be reevaluated by the Navy.
He will receive a Navy Pension. He will be eligible for Tricare and the VA. All medicine related to his disability (transplant) will be covered 100% by either the VA or the Navy.
Before he moves ahead he should contact a Service Officer (VSO) of one of the veterans groups. They can advise him what to do.
Why it took so long to get to this point - two things - there are a lot of combat injured Marines and Sailors to process, and they can not discharge him (retire) until he is stable.
It takes a year for a transplant to be considered stable. He probably will want to request a formal PEB in Bethesda, but he should have legal help from JAG and help from a VSO.
Thank-you for helping us make sense of this. The family is relieved that his medications will be covered and he'll be able to get healthcare. I am grateful for finding this website. I've passed the information on to my nephew and his parents. Lyn
You understand that a SC condition is always covered by the VA. If he is retired from the service Tricare will also cover. Before he gets out he should contact a VSO and file with the VA. Also, again I would have him consider a formal PEB.
My research says that he will receive 50% of his military pay while on TDRL. He may also receive VA disability. Here is a link with information.
Excellent information. Thanks for the website!
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