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When a military member has a medical condition (including mental health conditions) which renders them unfit to perform their required duties, they may be separated (or retired) from the military for medical reasons. The process to determine medical fitness for continued duty involves two boards -- One is called the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), and the other is called the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB).
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March 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm
(1) Hector Garcia says:

I WAS SEPARATED FROM ARMY NATIONAL GUAD
HERE IN PUERTO RICO.THIS WAS 2 AGO REASON HIGT BLOOD PRSURE.THEY SEPARATE ME WITH WHAT THEY CALL EARY RETIREMENT PLAN BUT MEVER I RECIVE A DISCHARGE AND
NEVER TOLD ME MY VENEFIT, I WAS WANDERING IF YOU HAVE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I TRERE OF TRAYING TO GET IN CONTAC WITH NATIONAL GUARD HERE SND NEVER GET AN ANWERS FTROM THEN
THAKS

April 21, 2011 at 4:11 am
(2) Carlos Delgado SPC USARNG (Ret.) says:

Hector you have to be on top of these poeple all the time, Puerto Rico has to many issues, were you 15 years or over in the Guard, and do you have any other evidince of this discharge including witness, anyone who was with you in sevice or a chain of command , documents like pay vouchers, orders of tours. If not contact the NG headquartes in Viginia., if you need any help just write an email to cdelta1stsfd@aol.com. y Que Viva Puerto Rico Hermano

October 2, 2011 at 12:49 am
(3) Nora says:

Contact your nearest VA office ot go into your VA center

October 2, 2011 at 12:55 am
(4) nora says:

Contact your National Personnel Office for your Branch, or

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March 15, 2008 at 2:56 am
(5) Danielle says:

I was just recently medically separated from the US Army and had to go through a third board witch is called the PDA. It was explained to me that this third board is to check the other two boards findings. I am fairly sure this is a new thing since no one I know, whom has had to undergo a MEB, had to go through this third board.

October 2, 2011 at 12:59 am
(6) Nora j says:

JUST GO THRUM AND ENSURE YOUR RECORDS ARE WELL DOCUMENTED, DONOT GET COMFORTABLE, STAY ON TOP OF THIS AND ENSURE YOUR DOCTORS UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE DOING DO YOUR NARRATIVES WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS. ALSO DO NOT HESTITATE TO WRITE LETTERS OR HAVE THOSE THAT KNEW YOU BEFOR YOUR MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND CON EXPLAIN HOW IT EFFECTS YOU TODAY AS SUPPOSE TO EHEN YOU ENTERD THE MILITARY.

LIST AND COMPLAIN ABOUT ALL THAT EFFECTS YOUM WHTA YOU DON’T GET IN THE BOARD YOU CAN PICK UP AT VA.

March 19, 2008 at 10:36 pm
(7) Hector Garcia says:

THANK DANIELLE FOR THE COMENT.I NEVER KNEW IT WAS A THIR BOAD BECAUSE NOBODY TOLD ME ABAT IT; IF SOMONE HERE IN PUERTO RICO SEE THIS AND LIKE TO HELP PLESE LET ME KNOW. THANKS

August 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm
(8) ernest h. tinney says:

I was informed that I would have two choices a 15 year retirment or go to a medical board. No one can explain this to me.this year should make 20 years of credible service for retirement, i have 23 years for pay. i was active duty 69-73. I had a heart attack several years ago they lost my records now they are talking of a 15 year retirement. please tell me what this consists of. thanks.

October 2, 2011 at 1:07 am
(9) Nora J says:

This is or may be a CUE. If you can prove through Lay statements, documents, or witnesses of your service hold on. Verify through your military branch or National Personnel Record Center, your time in service. If they Lost records, This is their Error! Get LETTERS from friends and Family memners, when where who how what. You had to have re enlisted at some point right. Check and pull NCOER’S. aSK FOR A SEVICE STATEMENT. a 15 yR rETIREMENT IS FINE IF YOU ARE BEING GRANDFATHERED, IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME IN SERVICE PULL YOUR POINT SHEETS OR OTHER DOCUMENTS OF DUTY STATUS. YOU HAVE SERVED YOUR COUNTRY, LET THEM SERVE YOU AND FIX THIS!

October 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(10) Darwin Culbertson says:

Maybe someone can help me. I am 40% through the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am in the reserves right now. Can I recieve a medical retirement from the US Army I have been in for 10 years. It is very possible that my percent will increase to 60% soon.

October 2, 2011 at 1:13 am
(11) Nora J says:

30% on active Duty via the medical board is medical retirement at 30%. Contact your nearest VA for reserve stats. However if you are 30% now and you condition has worsened request an increase thru VA. Ensure you doctor has demonstrated the need for increase due worsening of condition, and ask jim or her for a nexus.

January 2, 2009 at 12:08 am
(12) julie says:

The rating systems are two entirely different things. The VA looks at quality of life and is usually higher. The military looks at your ability to do your job. It is not uncommon for the military to rate you at 10% and the VA to have you at 50%. Other than medical for dependents, the VA system can be much more beneficial if you are over 30%.

March 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm
(13) John says:

I’m rated at 80% for both PTSD & mTBI. And due to mTBI, I cant remember the technical side of my job (I’m a broadcaster). I have 15 years in … should I continue to to fake it or go with my gut feeling and start the process of a medical retirement? Will the NG discharge me and say thanks for your time? Will I receive any compensation? I’m not sure how I’ve been able to stay in … I tell them during the SRP my VA ratings and nobody says anything.

October 2, 2011 at 1:21 am
(14) Nora J says:

GO FOR IT! It sounds as if you are well documented, do you also claim depression, anxiety along with PTSD? Um, OK Talk with your doctors, inform them of what your doing, and see how they will write your Narratives. Gather Letters showing your condition. Oh by the way, 30% on Active DUTY ID RETIREMENT, check for NG. Call 1800 827 1000 and Inquire. If Not. Just keep your records up to dat and go back in and request an Increase…Get this Just ASK FOR IT! Ask for an Increase to 100% as TBI dont disappear and niether does PTSD, arent you getting a flash back now.

Just a Veteran helping another Comrade…Go.

March 29, 2009 at 8:41 am
(15) AGR says:

Iím an AGR with 8 years of active duty service and 9 total incluiding 2 years active on title 10 order Noble Eagle Iím being medically discharge and being told that will only have one pension either AF or VA which ever is higher because I dont have 20 years in service just need some clarification. Thanks

October 2, 2011 at 1:25 am
(16) nora i says:

You really do need to call 1800 827 1000.

Are you taking pay, or asking for a medical board rating, is it 30% or higher, putting you in a retirement stats, or you taking the discharge with a lump sum. Check your possibilities, don’t go for anything until you get you benefit rights, and regulations.

May 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm
(17) Deb says:

John – the VA disability rating has nothing to do with your deployability status or even your medical fitness. You have to have a medical profile of P3 or more to be non-deployable. We checked this out for 2 soldiers getting ready to go back to Iraq.

October 2, 2011 at 1:40 am
(18) Nora j says:

Are you active or reserve. Are YOU , or HAVE YOU BEEN PUT IN AN UNEMPLOYABILITY STATUS. Are you Incapacitated????? Food for Thought.

September 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm
(19) michele says:

I was put in front of an MRB for PTSD and depression because of my answers on a Post-deployment Health Reassessment. Although I was told to lie my a** off and say everything was fine, I didn’t want to leave myself high and dry if I really couldn’t reintigrate with civillian life, so I was honest. I’m in the reserves and doing well, but have this profile hanging over my head. They all tell you it doesn’t hurt the Soldier to have mental health issues, but it’s a career stopper If I need to have it, fine, put me out and compensate me, but I was never interviewed or evaluated by a psychologist or a regular doc for that matter. I am about to go to my congressman. If I hear one more time that HRC is 20,000 MRBs behind, I’m going to explode. Why isn’t there a pissed off sergeant major going down there and lighting someone up?

September 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(20) rodriguez says:

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF ME REENLISTING b cuz i was also discharged for depression re code of 3

October 2, 2011 at 12:48 am
(21) Nora says:

Why do this, wheb you are can claim Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

October 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(22) Long says:

I will be @ 30 years June 2010, combined active duty and reserves, I just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Injured with bilateral shoulder tendonopathy/cervical disc desiccation. I have been told it is better to retire now under a medical retirement, and then seek the needed surgeries after I am medically retired. I have a P3 profile and have not been sent to any boards. Does any one have good solid advice for a COA here? They are attempting to place me in the CBWTU program and send me for the surgery at my home state.

October 2, 2011 at 12:47 am
(23) Nora says:

This is a great option for you, it used to be a kept secret. You can have surgery while on active duty, it is considered an ailment incurred on duty, thereby allowing you a VA rating. You should claim bilateral for both shoulders, and if should you have any residual claim that too. Prior to getting out insure all your medical conditions are listed on the exam sheet, even a scratch. The nature, symtoms, severity makes a difference. Check your United States Federal Codes. I hope this helps.

February 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(24) FH says:

For all who are in the guard or reserve. You must have 15 good years, good as per your RPAM, of military service to qualify for a 15 year early retiement for medical/physical reasons. You need to do a PHA, Personal Health Assessment. If you are in the guard, go to the GKO web site for this. Next, your unit needs to submit a Fitness for Duty Evaluation referencing the condition that “may” qualify you for early retirement. This must be completed by your doctor and it must reference the condition for which you are wanting to be discharged for. If approved, you can receive a 15 year letter. Of course your retirement will be calculated based on 15 years. You will receive your retirement at age 60, the same a 20+ year retiree. Once you get your letter, it is up to you to file a VA claim for your medical condition(s). Mediacl retirements is different from an early retirement if anyone was wondering.

February 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(25) julia lewis says:

i was foudn 100% fit for duty in 1996 after two yrs on tdrl. i told the board i wanted my original early retirement i had signed up for in 1994 and it was approved then at my last base. now i find out the they medically retired me under the tera with 60%. i have never heard of such a thing back then. can anyone tell me wht in the world happened?

February 19, 2010 at 8:11 am
(26) Gunner4m109a6 says:

I was just offered medical retirement. I have the option of going through the physical evaluation board to try and stay in the guard. I also have 2 lod’s in the medical pipeline. My question is do I take the retirement or fight the retirement. Also if I fight and lose do I still get to medically retire? I have 16 years

October 2, 2011 at 1:36 am
(27) Nora J says:

Why Fight this. Did your Doctor recommend a meb. MEB’s are or was a kept secret. Of you have 2 Line of Duties, or they severe enough to warrant a board? I you get 30% on active duty it warrants a retirement. You can the file thru Veterans affairs for higher percentage ot and take Voc Rehab. Please don’t shoot yourself in the foot.

See you meb personnel and ask questions, it cant hurt.

February 20, 2010 at 12:07 am
(28) jgomez says:

WHAT IS BETTER THRU OPINION AND CHOICE BETWEEN A MEDICAL RETIREMENT OR A DISABILITYEARLY RETIREMENT? AND WHAT ARE THE ANSWERS IF YOU GO OUT ON 16 GOOD RETIREMENT YEARS ON JUST MEDICAL RETIREMENT WITHOUT GOING TO ANY EVALUATION BOARDS?

February 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(29) Sarge says:

A lot of you people are asking questions to which there is one common answer…VISIT YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD S-1 SHOP, better known as personnel. If they don’t have the answer, they sure as hell have the resources to get the answer.

On a broader scale, you are all military people…from day #1, you have been inculcated/trained, if you will, in the concept of chain of command…USE IT! If you feel that your chain has failed you in responding to your concerns, it is largely because you have allowed it to fail. If you, as an E-something, have to see the man/woman with the bird on the collar, so be it… it’s all about maintaining military bearing.

Many of your situations, while extremely important to you, are not of a one-size-fits-all variety in terms of viable solutions. Therefore, receiving any kind of USEFUL GUIDANCE, through faceless blogs, is highly unlikely. You all know your chain of command…if you don’t, just look for a bunch of portrait-type pictures in your company area. Your Company Commander’s photog will be on one end; our Prez on the other.

March 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(30) Raul says:

Maybe someone can help me. I am 90% through the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am in the reserves right now. Can I receive a medical retirement from the US Army. I have been in for 11 years now. It is very possible that my percent will increase to 100% soon. I like to know what my best option is.

March 23, 2010 at 10:13 am
(31) vincetn says:

Most of the information you all seek can be obtained from PEBLO or from the VA they offer briefings on all of this i am currently undergoing a MEB/PEB process and we had a mandatory brief which explained the process to us i have the slides on my computer at home i will see if i can get them here

October 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(32) anner says:

To all of you asking questions,,, ask your AW2 person, or your case managers who assisted in the mrb process that is what they are there for… I am a spouse of a SM who was wounded in Afghanistan with alittle more than PTSD and depression, but I know that there are people to help you through the whole process before, during and after.. ASK the people who your taxes dollars are going toward their salaries, who are actually trained to help through this process….

November 30, 2010 at 11:01 am
(33) Christopher says:

I am an AGR Soldier and I hope someone can answer this question or assist me. I’m just trying to find out if I go through a MEB, MMRB for a Medical Retirement with a total service of 25 yrs but with 16 yrs of Active Federal Service will my wife be covered for treatment if I am medically retired or any other things that I am not aware of? I would Like to see that in writing if possible or the AR that show what my family is entitled to.

October 2, 2011 at 1:44 am
(34) Nora j says:

Please call VETERAN AFFAIRS 1800 827 1000 you will get your answer there and much more.

November 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(35) Darryl says:

Christopher:

Like You I am an AGR with 25 yrs total and 15 years active service. I too am looking for tis documentation.I do not want to take a Medical Retirement, Now I can still do my job!

I will be chatting with my HRO in the morning. If I get something I will post. So, Please follow up on this site tomorrow.

January 3, 2011 at 9:10 am
(36) Steve says:

I have PTSD and sleep apnea, I am wondering will I be condsider for medical retiremnt when I have 10 years active duty, 12 over all. I fall asleep during the day time and cant remember anything?

October 2, 2011 at 1:49 am
(37) Nora j says:

I hope you can stay awake to visit your doctor and ask him or her to submit a narrative for board consideration before you hurt yourself or someone else. Also check your codes for this and 38′s. Your Peblo can explain better, use them.

April 21, 2011 at 3:59 am
(38) Carlos Delgado SPC USARNG (Ret.) says:

I was retired in 1998 from the Army National Guard in Puerto Rico. TERA with 15 good years sevice. Chapther 61
my question is I have a !00% Va Compasation, at age 60 Am I entitle to concurrent pay or combat related pay? Or have these laws change and the Concurrent pay and the combate related pay became one under new law. Thank You

October 2, 2011 at 1:55 am
(39) Nora J says:

Greta! CRSC/CRDP can be filed now, and Retroed later. Also at 100% do not forget to file at your local county office for your Tax Exemptions. Take a copy of your letter T&P’s. They will refund you or your morgage company as it applies.

Do you draw clothing allowance also , if not check at VA for that as well, anbd if married enroll your spouse.

September 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm
(40) cameron janssen says:

Hi, my name is Cameron Janssen, I am in the USN and years of service is 3. I wanted to know if I’d get a severance pay for a medical discharge? I have herniated disc and also arthritis.

October 2, 2011 at 2:00 am
(41) Nora J says:

Hi there buddy, ask your doctor what he/she think about a medical board. OR Opt out for the paym but if you want to come back in, you will have to pay that money back. I would check with my peblo first. Also is this a direct result of your military service OR did you enter with this condition and it was Farther Aggravated? Be ready to inform your peblo.

December 1, 2011 at 9:58 am
(42) Jason says:

I was just recently discharged from the Army after 60 days of terminal leave. I was rated at 20% by the Army and am suppose to recieve a disability severence payment. Does anyone know how long after your seperation date to expect this payment? Does anyone know how long after your seperation your suppose to start receiving VA disibility compensation?

May 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm
(43) Joe L says:

I was discharged from the US ARMY RESERVES with a 10 percent rating back injury around 2003 after serving in Iraqi. I had 13 years active duty and 4 good years reserves. My friend was offered a early retirement but i was not. he had 15 years all in the reserves. anyway i can contact someone to see if i could get the early retirement?

tks

May 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm
(44) Tony says:

I have 18 active yrs and 22 yrs total with reserve time. I’m not eligable to normally retire yet, but there is a MEB awaiting review. I hate PTSD, major depression, anxiety attach w/panic, deginative disc desease with tares, bylateral hyrnia mesh causing pain, several skin cancers removed and more to come… I guess my question is, “If I can’t focus on any daily task or remember my job, why am I still on active duty?” I’m going through treatment with mental health, but it just makes matter worse reliving my tramatic events from combat and garison. I don’t know how to explain it to them, that I really shouldn’t be here faking things. I’m sure the impression I’m giving the younger folks isn’t good and might often scare them, as they do me… I live with constant anxiety and sweet through my uniform once I put it on every morning. Thoughts please!

June 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(45) Ken says:

When I got back from Iraq in 09 I was diagnosed with Discoed Lupus, a messed up back, PTSD, Depression, and Tinnitus. I filed in March of 2011 and I am on profile at the base, still in the Air Guard. I’m just waiting for whomever to decide my fate. I’ve been in for over 8 years. Any thoughts? What else should I do and what might happen to me? My life has completely gone off rails, loosing two different jobs strictly do to my medical conditions.

July 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(46) Jose G.Mateo says:

I was separated from Puerto Rico Army National Guard on 2011 with an 80% (MEB) my NGB 22 stand for a net service period of 22 years 01 month 11days I want information if I qualify for early retirement because I am 50 years old.

September 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(47) Juan says:

I have 19 years ACTIVE and AGR. 26 Total. What will be the best way to retire or MED Board out? Have a crack back, shoulder surgery, knee surgery, herniated discs, sleepamnea, and achy joints. I want to make sure that I don’t cut myself short. Should I do this last year and retire or request MED Board. Either way I am done in 2013. I have 5 deployments under my belt as a 12B and 11B. Trying to get the best I can get when retirement but dont know which way to go.

October 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm
(48) newt says:

I’m in the national guard, and I have over 20 years. I am dual status. My unit has requested a medical board on me. My E.T.S. is in December. My question is can my unit force me to retire in December, or do they have to extend my time until we get results from Medical board.

October 27, 2012 at 3:20 am
(49) Matt says:

Currently active duty on a 6 year enlistment, served 3 and 1/2 so far, I injured my knee badly playing basketball for the All Navy team. I used to be an aircrewman but was medically dropped after surgery due to severe cartilage damage. I am waiting to see what happens, but a friend of mine has told me that if I talk to the right people and do the right paperwork I can medically retire. Just wondering if this true in my case or not. I’ve talked to my command and am getting the run-around. Just want to know if there is someone I should be contacting outside of my command or not. Thanks in advance for the help.

December 28, 2012 at 7:39 am
(50) Juan C. Lopez says:

Hector Garcia, were you active back in 1975 with the 3/12 Cav in Budingen, we used to call you El Chulito, if so call me 7876308687. or look me up on facebook, also look for the Cav, (3rd Squadron 12 Cavalry Regiment )…take care and hope you got your retirement.

January 27, 2013 at 12:49 am
(51) Jason says:

To NEWT: Hey I too am going through the MEB process and have been since returning from Afghanistan in 2010. I am of course unfit for duty but I have had to re enlist twice just because of the ongoing medical stuff. I don’t do anything with the Army, I’m at home on VA disability and SS Disability just waiting on my hearing.

June 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(52) Nicole Hank says:

I have served 4 years in active duty and 6 years in the Army national guard for a total of 10 years. I’ve had 2 surgeries on my left shoulder and now my right shoulder is coming out of socket. Since I have ten years in can I get medically retired and receive retirenment benefits for serving so many years? If anyone has any information about this or can send me in the right direction I would appreciate it!

August 11, 2013 at 4:31 am
(53) Eric Norton (USCG) says:

I found myself facing a dilemma when I was going through my reenlistment process with the US Coast Guard and I worked in Environmental Protection/Investigations and my MMMP (quarterly Mandatory Medical Monitoring Program) showed that I had contracted a Auto-Immune Disease that was probably caused by the exposures I was subject to working in Environmental Protection.

Dilemma: (1) Reenlist and go through the Med Boards Etc. or Separate and head straight to the VA?
Well, I decided to go VA route. Reasons: 1. I was pending an application to the CG Investigative Services (civilian) (2) pending approval for the LAPD Police Academy (3) I was told by a very cool US Public Health Services Doctor that I would, with no challenge, receive a 100% rating from the VA and that VA Disability Pension and Compensation was a higher pay benefit then Military Med Retirement and TAX FREE and I would still have full base privileges. So I rescinded my application for reenlistment (I was going to be put on a desk and start immediate treatment) and got a 100% rating from the VA.

Did I do the right thing?

January 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm
(54) ANNONAMOUS says:

IF YOU HAVE PTSD claim it and get medically discharged if it was caused by the military they have to pay from the time you get out. And that is one reason they keep active personnel in because they will have to pay from the time they get out on medical discharge so it would be cheaper to keep them in. Mday they dont care about because they dont collect until they are 60 anyways….So they will discharge mday soldiers more easily than active duty personnel. They will only discharge active duty if they absolutely have no choice.

March 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm
(55) jonathan says:

I’m in the Army Reserves and rated at 70% by the V.A. every year I have to repay the amount of days I worked for the Army Reserve back to the V.A. the money I receive form the V.A. is not taxable but my drill pay is taxed are there any tax law that would allow me to deduct the amount of money I have to repay to the V.A. off my taxable Military pay.

March 27, 2014 at 10:19 am
(56) Skip says:

I’m being involuntarily curtailed from the AF. I have 20 years of service. I have had several medical issues that have been ‘duty’ related. My MEB is only focusing on my sleep apnea, even though I have informed senior leadership that my shoulder injury (which requires surgery) is not being reviewed by the MEB. I have been on leave for several months and have been told nothing about the MEB. What are my options? Do I have ‘rights’ to appeal my MEB even if my AGR has been curtailed? Thanks!

March 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm
(57) usmilitary says:
March 29, 2014 at 9:00 am
(58) Danny V says:

Folks all people that are found unfit for duty, administratively go through the MEB. The MEB are local DOCs that make the NARSUM. The Narsum goes the PEB. The PEB decides fit or unfit. If you are found unfit then your packet goes to the PDA, physical disabilities agency for Ratings %. Again only if you are found unfit. So that clear up everyones issues that I read early one. Next how to discharge, based on your component is how your discharge even for medical is decided. Bottom line Regular Army retire with pay. Guard and Reserves retire at age 60 and based on Active time served since 2008 then you dates will be reduced but not less than age 50. Guard and Reserve you have to request to retire at your adjusted age. (Tell the Component) to turn on your pay. Again if you dont know something it is a good idea to find the Retirement Section and ask a lot of questions.

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