Medical retirement requirements

GregD

Registered Member
#1
Good afternoon
This is my first ever post and I am hoping someone can answer my question. I did 11 years active duty and went straight into the Reserves. When I got off of active duty I applied for VA compensation in which I got. I am I have been in the Reserves for 6 years and have been found NPQ due to conditions I am already being compensated for from my active duty time. I requested a peb to try for the magical 30% to get medically retired. Do I need an LOD? Do I need any type of proof stating that the Reserves aggravated my conditions?
 

Ocean

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#5
Hi Greg,
If Reserve Duty had aggravated previous documented service conditions then an Line of Duty document LOD form ( 2173) should be initiated by your Medical Readiness NCO. If not, i think you can take the form to the VA & have a (VA provider) note “ soldiers previous ( xyz) has been aggravated by current service requirements” (but i may be wrong). Hopeing someone from the forum will jump in and go over this with you as well. Ive seen similar discussions on the forum under the forum drop down section...
 
#6
I would pursue the LOD for service aggravation and document all communication from here on out. If you meet with someone, send them an email and "clarify" everything you have discussed after the meeting(s). You don't know what non-medical evidence you may need until your LODs/MEB gets lost or never accomplished. I agree you should see your VA provider to document how your condition has been worsening/frequency and pain level, assuming it has if you have been in the Reserves for 6 years and they are just now designating NPQ. In my experience with VA providers, you tell them what you want and need. The fact the VA has established service connection for your migraines should make your LOD easy (or easily contested), but that always depends on the work ethic and competence of the ones working them.
 

GregD

Registered Member
#7
I would pursue the LOD for service aggravation and document all communication from here on out. If you meet with someone, send them an email and "clarify" everything you have discussed after the meeting(s). You don't know what non-medical evidence you may need until your LODs/MEB gets lost or never accomplished. I agree you should see your VA provider to document how your condition has been worsening/frequency and pain level, assuming it has if you have been in the Reserves for 6 years and they are just now designating NPQ. In my experience with VA providers, you tell them what you want and need. The fact the VA has established service connection for your migraines should make your LOD easy (or easily contested), but that always depends on the work ethic and competence of the ones working them.
I am contacting my reserve medical department this morning to see if they sent my package to the peb yet. I am going to ask if it’s too late to have my va provider fill out and LOD and submit it with my package. I have documented that I’ve had to leave drill due to panic attacks or not show up at all because of migraines. I guess I thought that would be enough evidence but I guess it’s always better to have more.
 

GregD

Registered Member
#8
I would pursue the LOD for service aggravation and document all communication from here on out. If you meet with someone, send them an email and "clarify" everything you have discussed after the meeting(s). You don't know what non-medical evidence you may need until your LODs/MEB gets lost or never accomplished. I agree you should see your VA provider to document how your condition has been worsening/frequency and pain level, assuming it has if you have been in the Reserves for 6 years and they are just now designating NPQ. In my experience with VA providers, you tell them what you want and need. The fact the VA has established service connection for your migraines should make your LOD easy (or easily contested), but that always depends on the work ethic and competence of the ones working them.
So, I was just told by my medical department that I do not need an LOD because the conditions that I have been found NPQ for were on my separation physical from active duty. I’m not sure why that matters because I’ve already been service connected by the VA. I understand that is separate from DOD ratings but service connected is service connected I would think.
 

Stand2001

Registered Member
#9
So, I was just told by my medical department that I do not need an LOD because the conditions that I have been found NPQ for were on my separation physical from active duty. I’m not sure why that matters because I’ve already been service connected by the VA. I understand that is separate from DOD ratings but service connected is service connected I would think.
I agree--service connection is service connection, but the bureaucracy has their own processes/agenda. I was told about a time when the Navy did that (a long time ago, apparently)--if it happened in service, it happened in service, regardless if it was OTJ or a keg of beer fell on your foot. A LOD was not needed and care was given, even regardless if EPTS-- if the Navy accepted you, they gave you care. It makes sense, but when it comes to medical processing now, I believe it is "the demise of military integrity" https://warontherocks.com/2015/03/lying-to-ourselves-the-demise-of-military-integrity/ .

I am glad you don't need the LOD--one less headache.
 

Ocean

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#10
Hi Greg,
Most Reserve Component soldiers will require an LOD as they process through the MEB. It would not hurt to get an LOD for all conditions incurred on AD ( if you do not) need it great. I would place that request in email to your Flight Surgeons office or NGB ( just for verification). As an example i had medical issues while on active duty. Years later while an RC soldier those medical conditions required an LOD...Please read through the Forums link on this site and you will find regs pertaining to this issue, as well as other Reserve Component soldiers who have been placed in a MEB...Does the NPQ acronym mean an active duty MEB or medical discharge not in the line of duty???
 
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