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    Gulf War Syndrom and VA Ratings

    I was really surprised that after being medically retired for my back injury that VA took a serious interest in examining me for illnesses associated with my service in the Gulf War. My questions are: What are they rating veterans of the Gulf War with ailments that include: - Chronic Fatigue...
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    TIMELINE: MEB THROUGH PEB

    Pretty efficient, for my experience with the Army and bureaucracy: P3/referral to MEB for Chronic Back Pain: 30 Jul 09 Initial MEB Physical/Briefing: 25 Aug 09 Part II MEB Physical/ROM/NARSUM Draft: 24 Sep 09 DCSS approved NARSUM: 1 Oct 09 Reviewed/signed final NARSUM: 6 Oct 09 Packet sent...
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason, Correct me if I am wrong, but even though I took the CSB/Redux, I will have my disability retirement pay calculated at the High-three rate? I found this at the Army G1 website: www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/docs/csb_redux/CSBREDUXFAQS.doc Suppose a soldier elects CSB/REDUX and...
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason, IPEB finding received on 23 Oct 09. Finding of unfit, with 40% PDRL. Chronic Back Pain and Degenerative Arthritis were the sole reason for finding and rating. Do you recommend I accept and move forward, as this is my current inclination. Thanks, OPLAW11
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason, Thanks for taking a detailed look at what I presented. I leave it in the hands of the PEB and with much prayer and hope for a favorable decision, in this case one of unfit. BTW, I don't know what inpact this makes on the PEB's decision, but there are 17 JAG SGM positions in the...
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason. Thank you for all of your help thusfar. I take none of it as advice, but a compilation of the information you have acquired and are so gracious in lending for my understanding and clarification. The Cdrs stmt states the following: "SGM DiNatale is the Command Paralegal NCO for...
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason, Can you tell me what you think on the previous two posts....? Thanks, OPLAW11
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason, I reviewed the final NARSUM today and it looks pretty solid. The neurosurgeons at LRMC state that my chronic back pain and chronic use of morphine is incompatable with retention and I should not be retained. My pharmacology report lists a continual use of both Percocet and Morphine SR...
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason, I took the $30K REDUX Payment in 2002, so I am looking at 40% at 20 yrs with a 3.5% increase for every year afterwards. A voluntary retirement next year, under REDUX, would be 50.5%. Is that the same retirement calculation method used for the medical retirement percentage (REDUX...
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    Jason, Just finished reviewing my NARSUM draft. The MEB Physician took a good 3 pages just doing the narrative, very detailed. MEB Physician has deemed that I do not meet retention standards are has cited my two major problems as: 1. Chronic, non-surgical, non-radicular, lower back...
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    Personal Question about the PEB Process

    MEB Consults Prior to NARSUM My MEB physician has requested that I be seen by an Army Neurosurgeon and Physical Medicine for an EMG before completing my NARSUM. Previously, both an Army physician and German neurologist said I should not get surgery. Both opined if I had back surgery, I would...
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    Military Leaders and Social Networking

    Don't Be HooaahH - Be Smart! Leaders, It simply amazes me that after 23 years of service, the Army is using an MEB on me for an injury they failed to treat, except with narcotics, for almost 7 years. Years ago, in 2002, they found two herniated disc and said take Motrin and stop doing...
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