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  1. gimartin

    Denied Unemployment; SSDI? Individual Unemployability

    A little background: Retired with a rating of 30% DoD / 90% VA last March. I went through several jobs while on terminal leave and after that never held up due to the same medical conditions that got me med boarded out of active duty. I applied for Unemployment but was denied because my doc here...
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    DoD Retirement Amount?

    I was recently medically retired (21Mar14) permanently and understand that I am to receive DoD retirement pay before the VA disability (90%). I was in for 15yrs and 5 months. I have, however, not seen an estimation of what amount this pay is supposed to be. Does anyone have the formula or a...
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    Results are in...

    Well, I got my 199 back from the PEB and got 30% DoD and 90% VA. Referred condition was migraines. I'm rather happy with the ratings overall. I was shooting for 50% for migraines. My MEB legal counsel said that I have a good case for a VARR, however, it may add up to 6 months to the process...
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    MEB Phase Almost Complete

    I have not been active in the site for a few weeks and I hear it calling my name. I know that now is not the time to become complacent in the process, so I'm back! Here is what's going on now: I signed my NARSUM saying that I disagreed with the MEB's findings. The Fort Lewis legal counsel...
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    Pushing for an unfit PTSD rating...

    I just got back my NARSUM and need a little advice. I was diagnosed with PTSD with secondary danxiety and depressive symptoms and it was found as meeting retention standards by the MEB. I would like to push for it to be moved as an unfitting condition and need a little advice on how to...
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    What if...

    I like these questions, don't you? Well, here it goes: What if a Soldier has a MEB and a Chapter 18 (AWCP/weight control) discharge going simultaneously and the GCMA/chapter authority (or whoever it is that decides) decides on the Chapter 18 rather than a PDRL or medical discharge? Has anyone...
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    What should I do...

    I am currently undergoing a MEB for migraines as the referred condition. I went to my C&P exams earlier this month and did a reather in depth psych evaluation where it was determined that I have PTSD. I was looking through my medical records from the past few months and came across a specific...
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    Evidence to Substantiate a Claim for VA Comp

    I am in the rather early stages of the IDES process (Active duty/Army/14yrs) and got a packet from my VA MSC. It is a Notice to Claimants of Information and Evidence Necessary to Substantiate a Claim for VA Disability Compenstation. Basically, it is saying that I can submit additional documents...
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    Where did/will you retire?

    I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I have been in the Army over 14 years and joined right out of high school. Since then, I have married and have 3 boys. I have grown up in the Service and am now facing the reality that I will be getting out soon on a medical retirement. With that...
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    Obesity Gets a New Diagnosis...

    I wonder how this will affect the military's regulations on this issue. My guess, probably not that much. Just a point of discussion nonetheless. The American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity, which impacts 1 in 3 Americans, as a disease. One in 3 American adults has a...
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    MEB First Steps...

    I just received an email with a lot of attachements to include my Permanet Profile, DA Form 7652, and VA Form 21-0819. Along with this was the official notification of the initiation of a MEB. I do not have any POC of anyone who can assist in my completion of these documents, so here I am. I...
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    Correction of Medical Records

    I am not sure where to put this, so I'll just place it right here. I am getting ready to process out of the military probably on an Administrative Discharge and am going to seek VA disability compensation once out. Last week, I requested a copy of my medical records in order to get ready for...
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    Chapter 18 (AWCP) Separation Physical

    I just did my Part 1 separation physical today and filled out the following documents: DD2697 Report of Medical Assessment DD2807-1 Report of Medical History DD2808 Report of Medical Examination On the first two documents I filled it out thoroughly listing all of my medical history since I...
  14. gimartin

    Migraines & Occipital Nerve Blocks

    Well, I just saw my third neurologist since 2011 for migraines. He referred me to the pain clinic in which I will start getting injections in the back of my head to block nerve impulses I suppose. I have chronic that have been plaguing me since late 2006 and are consistently getting more...
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    Chapter 18

    I am a active duty SSG with 14+ years TIS. I am running the possibility of a Chapter 18 discharge. I do have A LOT of medical issues none of which my provider seems fit to initiate an MEB for (I am currently fighting that issue daily and have another thread dealing with that). I am preparing...
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    Chapter 18 vs MEB/PEB

    OK, I know there is a lot of information on here about both of these topics, but I am curious about attacking this from a slightly different angle. Situation: A service member is flagged for being overweight yet is thinking about pushing for a MEB. It is not sure if they would be granted a...
  17. gimartin

    Migraines & Insomnia

    My situation: I am Active Duty, E6 w/ just over 14 years TIS, and in the process of changing my MOS. I deployed in 06-07 and returned home with diagnosed chronic migraines and insomnia as well as lumbar disk degeneration. I am on a P2 for the back issue and have received everything from spinal...
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