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  1. RonG

    Favorable Findings Identified in a Rating Decision

    Questions answered; thread closed. RonG
  2. RonG

    Favorable Findings Identified in a Rating Decision

    I agree with your analysis. There were 31 posts on another board with the same subject during October...same OP as well. The thread was closed and the subject then arose here. Ron
  3. RonG

    Just waiting on Retirement Orders!

    EPR...USAF My boss, a LTC in the Army asked me what I would like to have on my final NCOER (evaluation). I suggested we forget about it...it would not help me get a job and after 25 years, I did not plan to return to the Army. He followed my suggestion. For most of my career I was allowed...
  4. RonG

    Pacemaker rating

    Pacemaker Ratings: Code 7018: Cardiac pacemakers are implanted if the rhythm of the heart is too slow. This condition is rated 100% for the first 2 months following the surgery. After that, it is rated under the base condition that caused the irregular heart rhythm: supraventricular...
  5. RonG

    Pacemaker rating

    Not active duty, but... I was rated by the VA for a pacemaker six years after I left active duty. It was approved as service connected since my Army medical records showed bradycardia at 40 BPM when I was in my early 40ies. I though it was due great physical fitness since I was a marathon...
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    VA Ratings

    The following is how eBenefits defines the "completion of claim" information: "The time it takes to complete you claim depends on factors like the type of claim and the type of disability claimed. The estimated dates are based on a statistical analysis of historical processing times for...
  7. RonG

    VA Ratings

    I can offer one thing. The following is meaningless: " Estimated time for completion is June 2020." A VA employee did not enter that information. Good luck, Ron
  8. RonG

    Dfas is a joke

    Hello, A few comments follow: 1. "They have no bosses or answer to anyone..." The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense (DOD). The last time I checked, Robert Edwards is the Director, DFAS-Cleveland which includes retired...
  9. RonG

    PDBR Process Help

    Referenced again: The Statute of Limitations: Don't lose your case before it starts <---LINK Jason Perry's discussion concerning the six-year barring law is the clearest analysis (in my opinion) of how PDBR decisions are treated under the law. [excerpt] ...This is an overview of the law...
  10. RonG

    PDBR Process Help

    From April 2019:
  11. RonG

    PDBR Process Help

    There is a “six year barring law” that limits claims more than six years aged. However, it is my understanding that a PDBR case can be retroactive for a longer period since the retroactive nature of the case is predicated on the actions of the board (not all cases qualify, see linked...
  12. RonG

    Question regarding Excess leave

    Per DFAS. Excess leave is leave taken beyond the amount that can be accrued in the member's remaining period of service. Excess leave is a no-pay status; therefore, entitlement to pay and allowances and leave accrual stops on the first day of excess leave. Excess leave may be authorized in...
  13. RonG

    Depression and SSDI while on AD

    From SSA: How does military pay affect eligibility for disability benefits? Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not, in itself, necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop you from applying for disability...
  14. RonG

    Depression and SSDI while on AD

    Link to SSDI <—- Frankly, I don’t see how one would qualify while serving on active duty. “1. Are you working? If you’re working and your earnings average more than a certain amount each month, you generally won’t be considered to be disabled. The amount (referred to as “substantial gainful...
  15. RonG

    Pbdr decision

    Hello, I do not have an answer for you, but if you use the "Search" feature of this page (upper right), and use the term PDBR, you will find dozens of comments about the PDBR process. Perhaps an answer will be within those remarks. Good luck, Ron
  16. RonG

    Depression and SSDI while on AD

    I never heard of it prior to today. I simply searched the Internet for an answer. It is my understanding it is a Dod/VA/Dept of Labor program. See this LINK <--- Another LINK <--- It is a partnership with the Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Transportation and the...
  17. RonG

    Depression and SSDI while on AD

    DTAP. The DTAP or the Disabled Transition Assistance Program "The DTAP is an essential element of providing guidance in transition which incorporates involvement in support of the members in service to the military who are subjected to discharge from service due to their disability or those...
  18. RonG

    Residual taxed income understanding

    I am not sure what you are stating. When a married couple files a joint return, the income earned by both the wife and the husband is reported on the tax return. The amount reported is reduced by the standard deduction (or via itemizing your deductions). It does not matter what the sources...
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    Residual taxed income understanding

    Re: "Right but being taxable and the taxable amount falling below your deductible is what I'm curious about. My taxable portion of my retirement will be around 20k, so my deduction should cover it I'm assuming. So while its taxable, it wont lead to actual taxes owed right? " Based on the info...
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    Residual taxed income understanding

    As you know, the standard deduction applies to all who file personal income tax returns, unless they choose to itemize. I haven't paid any taxes in years; all my retired pay was approved for CRSC (I have a regular retirement). At one time and due to receipt of multiple forms of income, I was...
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