19 yrs 3 month Actice Duty Army Vet

InjuriedVet

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Greetings to Jasons and to all my military Brothers and Sisters!

I'm new to the form and I wish to any advice that I can get from anyone with good knowledge of how the MEB process goes.

A little about me: Active duty Army, 19 yrs and 3 months , I was a E-6 for for 10 years, but due to a demotion, I'm currently a E-5(SGT), MOS 68D (Operating Room Specialist). I'm past the RCP for the time and grade for a E-5: however according the Army Regs, its up to my unit to keep me to my RCP date (which was when a E-6) of 22 years or separate because I'm over the time and grade for a E-5. So far, my unit has kept me up to this point becuase of my strong work ethics and my love for taking care of Americans Soldiers.

Here's my story: Two weeks before my one year mark of my 20 years, I had summited my DA 4187 to request for retirement. One week out, I had received an email from DA saying that I was on assignment to go to Fort Bragg. I wasn't concern during that time because I was told since I had summited my 4187 to requesting for retirement that Army would allow me to retire. (THEY WHERE WONG!) When I got my 2339 from the retirement branch, I hand walked my package got the signitures from my Battalion and Brigade Commanders. My 2339 package was denied at the CGs (Commanding General) level because I was on assignment before I had summited my retirement requst. DA didn't care about me not meeting the RCP for E-5. DA told me that I could stay in 22 years because I was gradfathered in.

Here's my current situation: Before the time that I sent in my retirement request, I had going sick call because I was having back pain. The PA that had examing me had going through my medical history and seen a list of my past medical problems. He had recommended that for me to request for MEB because I have year out before retiring, so I may need more than that time to fix all my medical problems.


To make this short: for me to get off my assignment for Fort Bragg, due to my medical issues, I asked my PA to start up a MEB. The MEB got me off my pcs assignment. 5 July, 2011 I'm schedule for an appointment to see my MEB doctor at BAMC to start up the process. I should be good because prior to all this, I was going sick call. All my X-Rays, MRI's, and CT scans were taking in May of 2011.



After reading a little about me can anyone tell me what the best choice that I should take due in my situation. I have a list of medical issues that are legit. This is a brief medical history of me.

1. P-3 Feet (Fleet feet, Floppy Foot, Bunian of both feet)

2. P-3 knees (torn ligament , Arthrities in both knees

3. P-3 Shoulders (40 % range of motion in the left, 80 % in the right, arthroritis in both, need total shoulder recontruction in both,

4. Back (Bulging disks, Arthrities) Throughout the years, I've gone sick call 9 times and got Toradol shots for my back. Currently, I've been seeing a Chiro Doc for the past two years for back and neck problems. Taking 75m of Voltaren

5. High Blood Pressure ( Being on 10m of Micadis for the last two years)

6. Sleep Apena (I have been on CPAP machine for the last 4 years.

7. Hypogonadism (I have been taking Two tubes of Testim for the last 4 years)

8. Uninary Hestanc ( Taking 10m Uroxatral)

9. 40% L Hearing Lost

10. Insomnia (Being seeing a psychologist for last 4 years - Being on Ambien for the last 4 years because help me sleep)

11. Depression / Anxiety (Being seeing a psychologist for last 4 years - Being on 60m Celexa for the last 4 year)

From reading all what I have posted, what good advice do you any of you have for me?
 

maparker

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Hopefully your MEB/PEB process will take you over 20 years. Lots of risk if they find you unfit and rate you less than 30%. 20 years will lock in LOS retirement and make you eligible for CRDP if your VA rating is 50% or more.

Mike
 

InjuriedVet

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Thanks for your reply Mike! Yea, I'm taking a gamle with my 19 years trying to medically retire; however I hoping when the board members sees my 19 years and military records that they take in consideration. I tried retiring however the Army wanted to see pcs to another duty station. My branch told me if I had 19 years and 6 months that I could have requested to retire in Lue of PCS. After I put in my retirement package and before I was placed on PCS assignment orders, I was advised by my PCM that I should maybe think about doing a MEB because of the remainding time before retirement, so I can fix all my medical issues. The only way for me to get off my PCS assignment was to follow my PCM advice and asked for a MEB board. I've been talking with an old CSM (R) that works at the VA hospital that I will probably see for all my appointments. After reveiwing my record, he told me that I should be good for a MEB because of all my medical issues that I have. Do any of one have any good advice that I can use?
 

maparker

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If you retire with less than 20 years you will not get CRDP and that can mean a loss of thousands of dollars a month. Hopefully your MEB/PEB process takes at least 9 months to complete.

Mike
 

Jason Perry

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Yes, if at all possible, delay thing until you are sure you will get to 20 years. I tend to think that you would make it, but its a big risk if you don't. Good luck!
 

Amygal82

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How long have you been on a profile? Your profile can make you non-PCSable but not necessarily intiate an MEB. Also remember from your list, not all those items will be rated by an MEB, but from the VA when you get out. Only the disqualifing diagnoses, probably the knees and shoulders. If you are getting shoulder surgery, they should wait 6 months post-op before initiating your MEB, which puts you over the 20 year mark. What I don't understand is your doctor initiating your MEB before you are treated, have surgery, or see if the problems can be resolved. Be careful.
 

InjuriedVet

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Thanks Amygal82! I will be careful. I tried to retire however I was still been pushed by DA to pcs. Before I was put on PCS orders and when I had dropped my retirement package, my PCM had recommended for me to go through a MEB because it would give me time to fix all my medical issues. The only way that I could get off PCS orders was to got back to PCM and request for a MEB. Yea, I'm taking a hugh gamble but I feel that boards members will consider my 19 years 4 months for retirement.
 

Amygal82

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All your PCM has to do is sign your clearance from the VMPF to get your orders as not cleared due to continuing medical care.
 

lorenabeth

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Curious to know the outcome of this situation. If you still have an active account, I'd love an update. We are active Army, headed down a similar path, less physical injuries and more mental health. 18 y 9 m of service.
 

lab_rat

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I am in a very similar situation as you: 18.5 years of Active Duty, and currently going through MEB (as of two weeks ago)...I am hoping to get COAD if they find me 'unfit'...anyone have any comments/suggestions?
 
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