New Disability Review Process
Recently, the DOD has come out and said that anyone who left the military for medical reasons, but received a disability rating of 20%, 10%, or 0% since Sept 11, 2001 - Dec 31, 2009 is eligible to have their case reviewed. Those of you that are former clients of mine all received at least 30%, some much higher, so it wouldn't apply to you. However, you probably know other people who weren't so fortunate. Because of this new mandate, they can get their cases reviewed, and have a decent chance of getting it increased to a full retirement, especially if the VA awarded a higher disability percentage. The best part is that they cannot decrease the award, it can only be increased.
The AF is the lead agency, although the members of the board will be from all the different services. Plus, there are very swift deadlines -- the board is supposed to process appeals within 45-60 days of receiving the appeal & the records. We can't, of course, guarantee it will happen that fast. But, to have this opportunity at all is outstanding!! Please let all your fellow service members know about this change. Here is the announcement, with links.
New Disability Ratings Review Process
On January 12, 2009 the Air Force, as lead component for the Department of Defense began accepting applications for reviews of medical separations rated at 20 per cent or less that were finalized between , Sept 11, 2001 through Dec 31, 2009 where the member did not retire. This review was required by section 1563 of the 2008 NDAA , which was codified at 10 USC 1554a and implemented by DODI 1340.44 Lead DoD Component for the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR). Information about the process, to include frequently asked questions and a comparison charts to the Board of Corrections process, and application procedures may be found at the links below. The application form is DD 294. For more information, visit the AFPC website (below) keyword "pdbr".
PDBR intake unit website: http://www.health.mil/pdbr
AFPC website: http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil
For more information: http://www.health.mil/pdbr
written by: Amy K. Hart, J.D. - http://www.hartlawofficepc.com
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