I have had two neck surgeries from both the front and back...last one putting an artificial plate in. I deploy to Iraq again, take a hard landing and jarred something in my neck, they evac me home. Come to find out they want to go back in to fix it...I say, Heck no. done with surgeries. During all of the testing, they damage something in my lower back during a myleogram, still awaiting what is wrong. I have had two right knee surgeries, ACL and a scope. And i am only 37, but feel 50 at times. I hit my twenty years in September.
what should i do, drag out the MEB process, which i could do and retire in Sept or should i just take this MEB and run with it. do i lose in the long run????
I am an SFC and really lost when it comes to this medical stuff. but there are jobs on the outside behind a desk calling for me...what so i do. what benefits will i loss??? if any????
DRAG out the MEB and PEB process through September and that way you get both...your normal 20 year retirement and your Ch 61 retirement...and you'll get a DVA disability rating as well and that way you may likely collect your retirement and your disability and maybe even SSDI (if its severe enough to consider you disabled)..in the end sum..you will fare very well.
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Freddy you only get Chapter 61 or regular. But regular is better. Easier to get CRDP. I agree to drag it out. The doctors can be your friend on this one. Ask them to postpone an MEB until they have done all they can do to treat you. Take close to the max to appeal things. Appeal. Request a formal PEB if that helps. Also, how much accrued leave do you have. That can be your friend in this case.
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Good advice CRDP requires 20 years service. Hang in there, appeal, drag it out.
WHOOPS...saw that...I meant that, but used typed the wrong acronym..
< am going to have a conference with my fingers...now!
thanks for the input...but i just want u to clarify what i should do?????
remember i injury is due to combat in iraq...
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See if you can finish your 'rehab' on AD. The doctor may help. They are supposed to let you finish your twenty and receive regular retirement. You are close. Talk to the doc.
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Ditto on my post from the WO with ten years in. The Dr's at your Military Branch of servivce will definately work with you. I myself went to a "Navy" Ortopedic Dr who gave me a "2" under lower extemities for a condition I really should have had a 3 or 4 with! I received my 3 because of my thoughts about working with a Overseas Company in Afganistan. Needless to say, I ended up not going and have had a re-evaluation on my knees and also my neck. I was diagnosed with my conditions at the 16 year mark...I was able to stay in until I got my 20!!!!!
GO NAVY!!!!!! (Hard to believe I said that comming from a ARMY man!)
I hope this isn't too late to help. I was in the same spot you are and was advised to conditionally accept the board's finding of "unsuitable for retention due to disability" with the stipulation (request) that I be allowed to remain on Active Duty until my eligibility date for my Active Duty 20 which was 6 months away. My CO favorably endorsed my request and everything went smoothly from then on. 6 months later I retired, applied for my VA Disability and now I am 100% S/C P&T and am getting my 100% level CDRP.
The only snags I had with the disability part were partly my doing (tough time trusting advocates that were assisting me because they disagreed vastly on almost everything) which slowed me down on my paperwork filing. I was "awarded" 90% on the first go round which was back dated to the day I got out. I had to push to have the few other things that weren't evaluated (flooding and road slides closed every route out of my county so I missed an appointment. I called, but they concidered that a "cancellation" on my part and dropped those items from my case. What a PITA) and shortly thereafter I was rated at 100%. I don't have correct ratings on everything, but at 100% P&T I'm not going to complain.
The 100% CDRP is worth fighting for and if you can get them to agree to let you finish your 20 and you'll conditionally accept their findings (provided you are OK with whatever they said) you should push for it.
USCG Ret'd 1981-2007 (with some USCGR time in there)
100% for PTSD, Fibromyalgia and a bunch of other stuff.
I need help. I am an active duty officer with 19.5 yrs in. Prior enlisted, currently at 8+ years as an officer. Transfered my 911 GI bill to my son (which gives me a service commitment till fall 2011). I have a lot of medical issues that if a MEB goes through would get me medically retired. Additionally, it's getting harder and harder to pass the PT test due to medical issues. I would like to retire in 2012 (with 10 years as an officer) and pull VA disability too but don't think I can hold off that long. Additionally, I probably will get passed over for Major this year and next.
If I get medically retired at 19.5 or 20+ (but less than 10yrs as officer) will I get regular retirement as Capt and disability? What if I fail too many pt test due to my disabilties?
I think medical can excuse you from PFTs at this late stage of your career. I served with a 1stSgt who had a knee injury and was retained on active duty until he fulfilled his obligation.
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The policy is to allow a service member at 18 years to serve to 20. For the MEB/PEB process to run its course usually takes 6 months. As for allowing you to stay to 2012, that is up to the service. The PEB will determine if you retire as a Capt or as Enlisted based on the rules. I do not know how that plays out. You might ask JAG.
As for the GI Bill, here is a discussion of the issue we had a few days ago. KB is a VA official.
GI Bill transfer ad medical retirement
Dave is that just for Army? I've been trying to figure out if the AF had a similar policy. As you know i've talked in depth about my wife's situation on here. She's at 17 1/2 now.
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I do not know, ad I do I can not tell you if it is a written policy or an informal policy. I know when I was in the Navy, they 'hid' a Chief in our unit who was unfit for duty, to allow him to serve out his time. We had not job for a E-7, especially one with his rating. Our LPO was an E-6.
I found it in SOCOM Policy, and in Navy Policy.
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Hey Dave I really appreciate you finding this. Me and my wife have been looking for this since this whole process started. This was a really big help. I really appreciate all you guys do for everyone on this site.
Yes, I have been reading the post about MEB verus retirement. My issue is I have 20 years and 11 months, went down range was med vac back and now for that reason med vac back, I am going through a MEB. Should I submit retirement paperwork or let the MEB go through any help would be great.
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