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For Health Care Providers Placed onto the TDRL

​If you are a health care provider being placed on the TDRL, it is imperative that you do not take a position at an MTF or VA facility in which you appear to be working in the same capacity as when you were medically retied from your branch of service.  While I realize that it […]

Confirming Receipt of Your Election of Options with the PEB

One of the most important things that you can do when making your election of options regarding your PEB findings is to obtain independent confirmation that it was received by the board. If forwarded electronically through your PEBLO, ask them to confirm by e-mail that it was received by the PEB admin staff.   If you […]

Major Navy PEB Policy Change

2017-2_cancelling_corb_policy_letter_2012-12.pdf File Size: 388 kb File Type: pdf Download File ​On 1 Oct 17, the Navy PEB system will no longer process formal reconsideration requests submitted by counsel.  These “formal recons” were essentially a pre-hearing brief outlining what you were seeking as an outcome and the evidence that supported this request.   The brief was accompanied […]

The Importance of Preparing a Solid BCMR/BCNR Petition

Information obtained by FOIA from the various armed services Board s of Correction for Military Records and the Board of Corrections for Naval Records continues to support a finding that board members typically spend between 2 to 10 minutes reviewing your petition for relief.  This means that the board members depend heavily upon the briefing […]

How to Win Your PEB Case- a Step by Step Game Plan

This post will be quite brief but will also provide you with a valuable tool in preparing your Physical Evaluation Board case. Under the Physical Evaluation Boards tab on my home page, you will find service-specific links for Air Force, Army, Navy/Marine Corps and Coast Guard cases.  On each of these pages, I have just […]

Why You Must Update your PEB Case File on a Regular Basis

Many of you are laboring under the mistaken belief that your PEBLO or your servicing clinic administrator will constantly update your case file as your IDES or legacy case is being processed for adjudication. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially if you see civilian specialty providers whose records are not readily available on […]

When to Hire Outside Counsel

 For civilian counsel to truly make a difference in your IDES or legacy PEB case, it is critical to hire them as soon as possible after your medical board is initiated.  Why? Because it is essential to begin as soon as possible to develop and implement a game plan to achieve your goals. This means […]

Why You Should Have Your Own Providers Complete VA DBQ Forms Prior to a TDRL Exam

If you have been placed on the TDRL at the end of your PEB case, then it is imperative that you keep up with your medical care until you have achieved a satisfactory result upon review.  For psychiatric conditions, this means attending therapy at least twice per month and medication management on at least a […]

Why Nonmedical Evidence is Vital to Winning Your Case

 Most people underestimate the importance of nonmedical evidence in building a winning case at formal hearings.  In my last ten formal hearings in 2017, nonmedical evidence corroborating the work/duty limitations from which my clients suffered made the difference in winning every case.   You see, it is not enough to simply illustrate your symptoms through your […]

DA-7652: Why This Form is the Key to Winning Your Army IDES Case

​Time and time again, I come across prospective Army clients who are dissatisfied with their IPEB findings and wonder why various conditions were not found separately unfitting.  They often comment that the drafters of their MEB Narrative Summary found the conditions to be service-disqualifying, but the IPEB did not. Invariably, it is because the soldiers […]

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