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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Insider Tip for TDRL Members

As the armed services try to process TDRL review cases as expeditiously as possible, many of the PEBs are open to you having your medical providers complete DBQ forms for submission along with a copy of your treatment records. If these records provide sufficient information to initially adjudicate your case, then they will do so. […]

Why Non-Medical Evidence May Be Critical to Winning Your Case

Three of my last five cases in the past month were favorably decided based upon non-medical evidence.   Such evidence is vitally important in PEB cases, whether you seek to be found Fit or to be found Unfit and medically retired.  Having non-medical evidence letters prepared by your peers and supervisors can provide your command with […]

How Non-Compliance Harms PEB Cases

  I recently turned down a case involving a superb performer with an autoimmune disorder that did not appear to significantly impact him in the performance of his assigned duties.  Here’s why- while he was seeking to be found fit and had developed solid medical and nonmedical evidence to achieve that goal, he came up […]

Restriction of Activities in Fibromyalgia Cases

  To achieve the maximum 40% disability rating for fibromyalgia under VA Code 5025, you must be able to demonstrate to the VA C&P examiners in either IDES or post-service VA claims both the symptoms that are constantly present and refractory to therapy as well as how your activity level has been reduced due to […]

Why You Should Never Assume Anything

Last week,  I represented a client at a formal hearing who had retained me after receiving very strange PEB findings awarding him disability severance for a moderate sciatic nerve injury, but which ignored his lumbar spine injuries.  A quick review of the case file revealed why- the drafters of his medical board and speciality addenda […]


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