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gravytrain

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#1
Apologies for the long post. I am a 17 year Captain with 8 years prior enlisted, and I am a pilot. I am being MEB’d for my right knee. I had surgery last May to replace cartilage and fix the alignment of my knee cap. My off base surgeon told me to expect at least a year of rehab before getting back to my new normal. I have been told by her and my physical therapist that I shouldn’t run anymore so I don’t wear out the cartilage that was replaced. I had another similar surgery in 2014 to replace cartilage and it failed after 1.5 years.

What irritates me is that every time I went to the Flight Doc to update them on my progress; not once was I told that I would MEB’d since I was still healing. In the NARSUM that went to AFPC on 13 Feb, the doctor said Unfit for Duty and poor prognosis. My CC said return to duty if I could go to a non-flying/non-deployable position, and painted a good picture of me for doing admin work. The DAWG review prior to going up said “Fit”.

I have had 5 surgeries on the same knee for the same issue in 6 years. I can’t run on it to egress an airplane or be deployable so I know where the Flight Doc is coming from.

Also, this process has made my anxiety worse. Mental Health has tried to help me out over the past couple years in hopes of getting me back to flying. After my son was born and clung to life for the better part of 2 months and my wife nearly died in child birth, I was diagnosed with acute PTSD, then adjustment disorder, then nothing. Six months after I stopped Zoloft, I had a pretty stressful situation and needed to go back on medication. I did well for about 9 months until the MEB started last month, and now I am on more Zoloft and an anti-anxiety drug and diagnosed with “Unspecified Anxiety”.

I am wondering if I need to be MEB'd for the recurring anxiety or if that will just come out in the process.
 

chaplaincharlie

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#2
If the MEB forward your case to the PEB you will meet the VA Rep. At that time you can list everything. The PEB is suppose to consider everything.
 

gravytrain

Registered Member
#4
The MEB for my knee issues returned with Return to Duty with an ALC-C2 and medical disqualification from flying. About a month later my MH provider informed me she was submitting an MEB for Major Depressive Disorder - Moderate, Unspecified Anxiety - Marked, and Binge Eating Disorder. So now I am going down this road for a Full MEB and waiting on VA appointments. I know this is for the best, because I can't handle military stressors like I used to when I first joined.
 

joyscot13

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#6
My package was submitted on 15 Jun 18 and I found out yesterday that I was unfit for duty and that my package was sent to the VA on 19 Jun 18.
 

joyscot13

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#8
Not really... at least I don’t think so....here’s my timeline below:

Mid Dec ‘17 - Both my PCM and Mental Health provider decided to initiate an MEB for Sleep Apnea/Asthma/PTSD after over a year of treatment for mental health and 2 years for sleep apnea and asthma
07 Jan 18 - Code 37 initiated
21 Mar 18 - NARSM sent to MEB office
23 Mar 18 - Commander Impact Statement sent to MEB office
26 Mar 18 - AFPC received IRILO paperwork
13 Apr 18 - Phone interview with AFPC for the mental health stuff
26 Apr 18 - Notified from PEBLO that I’ll be going through full PEB
01 May 18 - Initial PEBLO brief and met with MSC
02 May 18 - Submitted VA claims (25 separate claims)
03 May 18 - Recieved appointment times for C & P exams scheduled in late May
21 May 18 - 6 Jun 18 - C & P Exams
11 Jun 18 - Received copies of VA exams
15 Jun 18 - Signed AF618 and submitted to IPEB
19 Jun 18 - Recieved unfit notification from PEBLO and that package was sent to VA for ratings
 

joyscot13

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#10
Yes definitely! Although I had a MEB started on me back in 2016 but it was stopped and restarted in 2018...so it’s been a long time coming.
 

gravytrain

Registered Member
#11
Found out my ratings from my PEBLO today.

VA 100%
DOD 70% TDRL

Signed and accepted. My family and me are ready to start a new chapter and happy this whole process is pretty much done. Now we just wait for orders.
 
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