Hello, After waiting for almost two years since the start of all of this process, I received an email indicating I have been put on TDRL. Since it is the end of the duty day and I have questions I thought I would try here in case someone had answers.
From what I understand TDRL happens when you might have a chance to come back to service? I am a little confused, because I have been treated like I would never serve again. I am not sure what to expect from this point.
My VA rating is 80%. I know that I was told a long time ago that when PEB finished I could go to court and fight the decision if I wanted. Is this the reason I am on TDRL? A buffer zone between fighting it and being retired?
Thank you for any information.
Edit: After doing some more searches I have found out a little more on the subject. I guess I don't see the point of it. From what I understand, I can walk in and prove I am absolutely fine, but they won't care because of my diagnosis. So either way I will be kicked out, they are just deciding how much retirement compensation to give me...but with 80% VA I probably wouldn't get much anyway. Is there a way to just request separation and get it over with?This message has been edited. Last edited by: AFHist,
Being put on the TDRL means your condition that put you into retirement is not stable. It could either become stable, get better or get worse. You can be on the TDRL for up to 5 years with review of your condition every 18 months. At any point, at review or at the 5 year mark you can be cleared for duty or permanently retired.
In the beginning my counselor told me that some medications are deployable and if they considered me stable on them I could return to duty. Now, I really doubt that. My condition seems to be an automatic out no matter how stable I am. So, it seems the only point is to see if I am better (so they can give me a lower rating) or worse (so they can give me a higher rating). My understanding was that my VA would take the place of most of my retirement. So even if I got a higher rating it wouldn't make much difference in benefits. So I am wondering what the point is anyway. I don't live anywhere near a VA hospital, so this every 18 months thing will just be a hardship. Seems like they should just separate me now and give me nothing rather than stringing me along.
Either way. Thank you for the response. I suppose only time will tell.
I thought the examines are conducted at the VA hospital though? What kind of Tricare would it be? I know that I get medical care at VA for my disability, but have to pay a co-pay for anything else. So the Tricare would be for regular health care I guess? Thank you for the information. Getting information from the Peblo (or however you say it) people, is like pulling teeth.
Originally posted by AFHist: I thought the examines are conducted at the VA hospital though? What kind of Tricare would it be? I know that I get medical care at VA for my disability, but have to pay a co-pay for anything else. So the Tricare would be for regular health care I guess? Thank you for the information. Getting information from the Peblo (or however you say it) people, is like pulling teeth.
Your 18 month checkups are done by the Military. If you have Tricare the VA will bill them for non-disability medical treatment. Also while on the TDRL you can apply to the VA for any service connected disabilities that are not covered by your Medical Board.
I went through Med board and was placed on the TDRL by the Coast Guard. I was over 20 years in at the time so my Pay/Benefits were slightly different.
I'm not positive but the TDRL leads to coming back on Active Duty or Permanent Retirement. I don't think the military can change your disability rating. Also the VA ratings are different than the military.
Thank you. I needed the extra clarification because I was in the states when this process started, but have since moved overseas. I just received an email saying someone should be calling me to explain more. If they actually call I will be impressed. haha