NGB LOD FOIA request

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Got my initial response letter to my freedom of information act. They say it will take approximately 2 years to complete…. Good grief. Well at some point in 2023, I promise I will analyze the data to see if my assumptions about the corrupt behavior of NGB/DN2DP (medical standards branch) is warranted. If they truly get me the data I requested, I believe I will be able to make a report that will have my senator beat down that door over at NGB. Here are the questions I asked (I made several requests over a couple weeks and they just grouped them together):


1. How many Line of Duty (LOD) determinations were made in year 2020 by the National Guard Bureau (NGB)/DN2DP and how many were found not in the LOD (Portal Request #210321), (This was my first request before I decided to increase the scope to 5 years)

2. How many appeals for denial of an in-LOD determination did NGB receive from 2016 through 2020; to include how many appeals resulted in a change of determination (Portal Request #210421),

3. How many LOD determination appeals were submitted to NGB from 2016 through 2020; to include how many appeals resulted in a change of determination (Portal Request #210411),

4. How many LOD forms received by NGB were adjudicated or determined not be service aggravated, existed prior to service, or both from 2016 through 2020 (Portal Request #210431),

5. How many administrative LOD determinations were made by the NGB not counting formal investigations and how many LODs were listed as existed prior to service and/or not service aggravated between 2016 through 2020 (Portal Request #214911)

6. What was the average processing time for administrative LOD determinations received by NGB from 2016 through 2020 (Portal Request #214921).
Items 1 through 4 were received on April 14, 2021 and items 5 and 6 were received by NGB on May 1, 2021. Because these items are similar in nature, they have been aggregated into one request, which has been assigned
 

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I am open to hearing your comments and thoughts on this. I will refer back to this post in two years…. When I start working on the data analysis and conclusion report.
 

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If I had known it was going to take two years to complete I would have asked for data from 2021 as well…
 

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I suppose for the sake of conversation, it is worth stating my “hunch” about DN2DP.

My theory about DN2DP is that they are denying far more LODs than the DODI / AR / AFI supports. They are doing this for several reasons. Saving money, saving paperwork, and saving man power. All at the expense of the service member. They have a God like power and responsibility and at some point, the office, or perhaps individuals in that office, became jaded to the onslaught of LODs. The war on terror was so much, that this office was not able to properly analyze each case the way it needed and as such, thousands of Guardsmen have been thrown to the wolves.

We will see if the data supports any of this conjecture. If this forum is to be taken as any form of sample size, I believe it will.
 
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If anyone has had a LOD denied that they felt was incorrect AND are willing to give me details about your situation, I would love to add it to my source materials for my paper. Feel free to DM me if you don't feel comfortable posting it in the general forum.
 
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