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The Importance of Your NMA in Navy PEB Cases

If you are a Navy or Marine Corps member- active duty or Reservist- undergoing a Physical Evaluation Board, it is critical that you understand the current mindset of Navy board members when reviewing your case.  To cut to the chase, any conditions for which you wish to be found Unfit must be expressly mentioned in […]

Glaring Error at MTF Results in Misdiagnosis of Seizure Disorder

I had recently dealt with a case in which a service member on the TDRL came to me for help when the IPEB proposed to reduce a disability rating for a conversion disorder diagnosis, for a variety of different reasons.  This person had been labeled with this devastating diagnosis by military neurologists based upon clinical […]

When to Request a Code 13 Review of Combat-related Navy PEB Finding v. Going to a Formal Hearing

What do you do if you are a Navy or Marine Corps member being processed through the IDES or legacy systems and disagree with your initial findings by the IPEB as to whether your injuries were combat-related?  There are two options- request a formal hearing before the FPEB to argue this point or waive the […]

How to Prepare for a USPHS Medical Review Board

If you are preparing for a USPHS Medical Review Board, then the first question is whether you wish to be found Fit or Unfit.  If fit, then your nonmedical evidence should reflect that you are able to perform all your assigned duties despite any potentially unfitting conditions.  If Unfit, then you would be wise to […]

What do BMCR/BCNR Analysts Do?

I have seen several persons post questions on veterans-related forums in the past month stating that their cases were “assigned to an analyst” and asking what this term mean.  At the BCMR/BCNR level, an analyst is a person who writes up an overview for the Board members outlining the issues presented, discussing the evidence submitted, […]

Can Cancelling Psychotherapy Appointments Lead to a Reduction in Benefits?

    Simple answer, Y-E-S.  If you are a service member on the TDRL or a veteran who is subject to reevaluation of a service-connected mental health disorder, you will find that armed and uniformed services, as well as the VA, take a dim view of persons receiving benefits of 30% disabling or more for […]

Manpower Shortage at Navy PEB Slows Case Processing

Lately, I have had several inquiries regarding the current timeline for processing cases at the Navy PEB, with some callers complaining about the agency failing to keep within the intended IDES guidelines.   Other callers have asked whether this delay means that there is a problem in processing their cases. In most cases, the answer is […]

How to Help Gold Star Spouses Receive DOD & VA Survivor Benefits

Under current federal law, Gold Star spouses are prevented from receiving survivor’s benefits concurrently from the DOD and the VA even though they would normally qualify for both.  For now,  surviving wives and husbands of fallen soldiers must choose between one of these benefits or pass one on to their children.  While two bills introduced […]

Appealing Denials of Benefits-VA Family Caregivers Program

Sadly, in the VA health care system, family caregiver program denials are treated as clinical decisions vice a denial of disability compensation or pension benefits; thus, your appeal process is through the VHA instead of the VBA.  This means that you are not entitled to the full range of higher-level review and appeal options that […]

Army PEB Cases- When Your DA-7652 Doesn’t Match Your Evals

Like all the armed services, the Army PEB system is a performance-based disability system.  This means that the DA-7652 prepared by your Commander should specifically identify each of the medical conditions that adversely affect you in the performance of your duties.  He or she should describe in a sentence or two what the specific impact […]


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