47070 Satisfied customers
Expert in: Family Law, Legal, Estate Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Business Law, Consumer Protection Law, Bankruptcy Law, Traffic Law, Personal Injury Law.
47070 Satisfied customers
Hello! Thanks for using JustAnswer. My name is ***** ***** I am an attorney ready to answer your questions with top-quality service.
I’m sorry to hear you are having these problems with your legal issue. I know that can be frustrating. However, we can get this resolved quickly.
You are asking if you can medically retire from the military under these facts?
Got it! I believe I have everything I need, but was there anything else you’d like to add before I answered? If not, I can begin working on your answer.
I’m sorry to hear about your issues here, hopefully, we can get them solved quickly.
You can't apply for disability retirement. If a doctor examines you and thinks you may have a qualifying disability, they will refer you to the Medical Examination Board (MEB) or the Physical Examination Board (PEB).
The board will then determine if your disability is severe enough to qualify you for medical retirement. If so, you are put on the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL).
If the board thinks your condition may get better - or if they think it may get worse - they will put you on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL). Generally, conditions like migraines, asthma, back and neck conditions, nerve damage, and mental disorders would qualify you for the TDRL.
If you are put on the TDRL you will get retirement benefits including a monthly stipend plus medical coverage for you and your dependents until medical conditions can become stabilized or corrected. You are required to complete a physical examination when ordered, or at least every 18 months. After each examination, the attending physician forwards their findings to the board for review. You can't stay on the TDRL for more than 5 years.
Once the board makes a final decision they will rate your disability based on the same rating factors the VA uses to rate disabilities. The board can make one of four decisions on your case:
If you are placed on the PDRL it is just like you are retired due to length of service. You will be entitled to all the benefits of a military retiree. You will also get a retirement payment, this payment is different than a normal retiree would receive.
When you are placed on either the TDRL or PDRL you will get a monthly retirement check, just like if you had served 20 years. The rate is figured like this:
Upon retirement, you will be given the option to choose either computation method.
Please let me know if this has answered your question fully. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need additional assistance or have follow-up questions, please reply to my message below, and I will respond as soon as I can.
Do you have any other questions on this specific question and topic for me right now?? Please do let me know.