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Navy Formal Recon Petitions

In Navy PEB cases, I always file a formal reconsideration petition prior to formal hearings. This is a “second bite at the apple” should your initial reconsideration petition be denied on the IPEB level.  If our petition is granted, then we will receive a summary decision- an “on the record decision”.  If it is not […]

Drafting Winning Case Outlines

Prior to every formal hearing, I always provide board members with an overview of our case that outlines our goals and discusses the evidence supporting our contentions.  For every condition that you seek to have found unfitting at a formal hearing, it is necessary for us to provide board members with a clear, cogent analysis […]

How to Use Witnesses Effectively- Part Two

For a witness to be effective, he or she must be prepared regarding the questions that you will ask, as well as those that you expect the board members to ask.  In Coast Guard cases, you must also anticipate the questions that your opponent will ask.  Any witness that I call in your case will […]

How to Use Witnesses Effectively- Part Two

For a witness to be effective, he or she must be prepared regarding the questions that you will ask, as well as those that you expect the board members to ask.  In Coast Guard cases, you must also anticipate the questions that your opponent will ask.  Any witness that I call in your case will […]

How to Use Witnesses Effectively- Part One

This week’s hearings drove home a critical lesson- when health care providers question the frequency and consistency with which clients display symptoms of orthopedic and neurological complaints, it is vital to have nonmedical evidence witnesses testify live or via speakerphone on these points.  Today I had a very salty prior enlisted “black shoe” testify in […]

How to Use Witnesses Effectively- Part One

This week’s hearings drove home a critical lesson- when health care providers question the frequency and consistency with which clients display symptoms of orthopedic and neurological complaints, it is vital to have nonmedical evidence witnesses testify live or via speakerphone on these points.  Today I had a very salty prior enlisted “black shoe” testify in […]

Nonmedical Evidence is Critical to Victory

Nonmedical evidence is absolutely critical to winning your military disability case.  No matter what is contained in your medical records, both IPEB and FPEB members want to know how each potentially unfitting condition affects you in the military workplace.  If you want to be found fit, it is critical to have letters from supervisors and […]

Army DA-7652 Forms- the Key to Victory

In Army IDES PEB cases, it is vital that your Commander’s Functional and Performance Statement be drafted in a manner that supports your goals. Why?  Well, first because your servicing medical officers will want to incorporate its language into your MEB Narrative summary, if the form has been completed prior to your medical board physical. […]

The Importance of Navy Nonmedical Assessments

Much like the Army Form DA-7652, it is vital for Navy and Marine Corps members to provide their command with the input needed to ensure that your Nonmedical Assessment reflects your goals for your Navy IDES PEB case. Why? Because this is the first document that Navy IPEB members review in determining whether to find […]

Air Force Commander’s Letters

Some people have questioned whether Commander’s Letters are still relevant in Air Force PEB cases, given the emphasis on the contents of Duty Limiting Condition Reports.  In a word, Y-E-S. Your Commander’s letter should reflect your goals in this process.  If you wish to be found fit, it should describe how you can perform your […]

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