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How to Deal with a Bad VA C&P Exam in Your IDES Case

When preparing clients for the VA C&P exam component of their iDES case, I always remind them to document any discrepancies- such as failure to use a goniometer in range of motion exams- in an e-mail message to me on the day of the exam. This technique provides you with a real-time record of such […]

Updated USAF Waiver Guide- July 2019

For many Air Force members who find themselves potentially unfit for worldwide assignment, the question arises as to whether they might be good candidates for a medical waiver instead of being processed through the PEB system.  In the Air Force system, it is critical to discuss the submission of a waiver package with your medical […]

Limited Assignment Status for USAF Personnel

For many Air Force members being processed through the PEB system, the question arises as to whether they may be eligible for Limited Assignment Status (“LAS”) to reach their longevity retirement. If you become one of my clients, we will work on this option together as part of our overall case strategy.  Our first goal […]

New USAF PEB Instruction- AFI 36-3212

Attached you will find a copy of the updated Air Force PEB instruction issued in July of 2019 that incorporates all of the changes recommended by the various DOD working groups this year as part of the IDES/LDES program.  If you are an active duty Air Force member, Reservist or Guardsman going through the MEB/PEB […]

VA and Triwest Now Provide Urgent Care Services to Veterans in Their Own Communities

Many veterans do not realize it, but the VA has partnered with Triwest to provide you with access to retail (i.e. non-VA) urgent care facilities within many communities nationwide.  For example, in my hometown of Virginia Beach, there is an urgent care facility at the Minute Clinic on Laskin Road- 5.6 miles from my home. […]

Navy PEB Cases- Handling Conflicts Between NMAs and Evals

If your performance evaluations (“evals”)  show that you are a  great performer but your Nonmedical Assessment (“NMA”) shows that you are unable to perform your duties, Navy board members will question this discrepancy and may well rely upon your evals to fit you fit for duty. If you wish to be found Unfit, it will be […]

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 […]


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