MEB Timeline?

kynchanted

Registered Member
#1
Hello, I'm new to the forum and to the MEB world. I'm ADAF w/20 yrs in next month. I've been seeing neurology for chronic tension and migraine headaches since 2000, and I've been on botox for migraines since 2006. When asked about my deployability status it came up that I see neuro every two months for the botox. My PCM said an MEB should have been initiated a long time ago due to my continuous need for specialty care and speciality treatments to do my job/maintain stability, but that I somehow fell through the cracks. I was assigned a code 31 on 4 May. The DAWG met on 24 May, and my PCM called me afterwards and told me the DAWG had decided to assign a code 37 and forward me on for MEB. She said she'd be in touch to get some more information. I'm coded in VMPF and in ASIMS/IMR with a 37 now. I haven't heard anything from my PCM (or a PEBLO ever) since 24 May when I was notified of the DAWG's decision. I know that's not very long in military time, but I'm curious what the timeline is from code 37 to PEBLO assignment to Commander's statement, etc.? My flight CC told me that my CC probably won't meet with me beforehand while coworkers who have went through this process said they met with theirs. Any advice would be much appreciated. Forgot to add, although I hit 20 years AD next month I commissioned at 15 years, so my ADSC for retirement as an officer is now 2023. Thanks!
 

Stand2001

Registered Member
#2
Welcome to the forum! I am new-ish to the forum as well. I have been following it for the last five years but only reading and learning. Personally, my MEB is a nightmare, but that's because I left ADAF for the AF Reserves, where they leave you to administratively die a slow death, depleting your financial resources and altering your quality of life in the process. Regarding your MEB specific to your migraines, I would recommend knowing your goals, to be found fit or unfit. I too suffer migraines, since my AD days, due to exposure but still deployed three times because of my symptoms (what are your triggers), that I was still fully capable of performing all duties (until I was injured), and whether I was able to have my medication with me (not a daily medication; also a factor). I do believe that to be a case by case basis since the frequency of the migraines and how they affect your job performance is key. I suggest creating bullet statements for your CC to include in your CC's statement tailored to your goal for when you meet -- if you want to remain fit, your statements would advocate how you are able to perform specific duties with your condition. Have you ever missed training due to your condition? You could also just do the form yourself and ask the CC to sign it. I would recommend talking to your neurologist-- is Botox your only treatment option? Are there treatment options available that would alleviate your pain/symptioms and still allow you to work if deployed? Can your PCM offer guidance on what treatment plans would allow you to remain fit? Also, follow up with everyone all the time, even if no status. Document everything. Request a copy of your military medical record. I can only offer suggestions since I am not sure how difficult the deploy or get out policy will make your situation of having what sounds like a treatable and stable condition but possibly dependent on a special treatment. I would assume that because you have been able to work since 2006, that would be enough, but you will have to be specific on how you are able to perform those duties. As far as a timeline, the regulations are one thing but the process is something else. I do hope someone may have some more specifics. I have seen on this forum ADAF timelines range from approx four months to eighteen, but varies based on the number of conditions (only based on my readings). I hope I have been somewhat helpful, and that it works out the way you want.
 

joyscot13

Registered Member
#3
So first, your doctor will right a narrative summery. Then after that is sent to the PEBLO, the next piece is the Commander’s Impact statement. This is where you most likely should have a conversation with your Commander. My Code 37 was started in early January this year and I didn’t hear from my CC until the end of March. Then my paperwork was sent to AFPC for the IRILO phase which took about a month or so. So that was in the beginning of May. At that point, the PEBLO does their briefing if you come back from the IRILO and need a full MED board which in my case I did. Then the VA exams which between scheduling them and completing them took a little over a month. So now it’s June and I’m waiting for my VA exam paperwork and everything else to be turned into the PEB...hope this makes sense...I’m ADAF as well....
 

kynchanted

Registered Member
#4
Welcome to the forum! I am new-ish to the forum as well. I have been following it for the last five years but only reading and learning. Personally, my MEB is a nightmare, but that's because I left ADAF for the AF Reserves, where they leave you to administratively die a slow death, depleting your financial resources and altering your quality of life in the process. Regarding your MEB specific to your migraines, I would recommend knowing your goals, to be found fit or unfit. I too suffer migraines, since my AD days, due to exposure but still deployed three times because of my symptoms (what are your triggers), that I was still fully capable of performing all duties (until I was injured), and whether I was able to have my medication with me (not a daily medication; also a factor). I do believe that to be a case by case basis since the frequency of the migraines and how they affect your job performance is key. I suggest creating bullet statements for your CC to include in your CC's statement tailored to your goal for when you meet -- if you want to remain fit, your statements would advocate how you are able to perform specific duties with your condition. Have you ever missed training due to your condition? You could also just do the form yourself and ask the CC to sign it. I would recommend talking to your neurologist-- is Botox your only treatment option? Are there treatment options available that would alleviate your pain/symptioms and still allow you to work if deployed? Can your PCM offer guidance on what treatment plans would allow you to remain fit? Also, follow up with everyone all the time, even if no status. Document everything. Request a copy of your military medical record. I can only offer suggestions since I am not sure how difficult the deploy or get out policy will make your situation of having what sounds like a treatable and stable condition but possibly dependent on a special treatment. I would assume that because you have been able to work since 2006, that would be enough, but you will have to be specific on how you are able to perform those duties. As far as a timeline, the regulations are one thing but the process is something else. I do hope someone may have some more specifics. I have seen on this forum ADAF timelines range from approx four months to eighteen, but varies based on the number of conditions (only based on my readings). I hope I have been somewhat helpful, and that it works out the way you want.
Thank you for the reply. I've had headaches since 2000 and started the botox in '06. From '00-'06 we tried every oral/inhaled/injected preventive and/or abortive medication out there. Due to the cost of the txs botox was the last resort. I remain stable but only on the botox so stopping it really isn't an option for me unless I want to go back to migraines almost every day. I'm a nurse as well so taking narcotics or sedative meds (painkillers) regularly isn't an option either. Funny I requested all of my medical records but was only given 2005 to early 2014 (missing 1998-2004 and everything from my last and current base (2014 to present). I need to find out where the rest of my records are and get them. I appreciate the info, thank you.
 

mykedeee

Registered Member
#5
Hows it going I was just recently medically retired on the 29th of May, DOD 40% PDRL VA 100%
I was told during the process that i would get out on the 29th of May so i would be able to start getting paid on the 1st of July for my 100% compensation.

i received a deposit of 78 dollars from the DOD for my retirement pay. But its for the 40% not the 100% from the VA. i checked ebenifits and my rating hasnt been uploaded yet and the IDES is in the process of making a decision. if the VA doesnt make the decision by the 1st then DOD is gonna give me my 40%. If i receive that will it cancel out my VA co
 
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