Veterans Get 2nd Chance for Medical Retirement

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by Levi Newman on April 21, 2011

Veterans who were medically separated between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009, received a combined disability rating of twenty percent or less, and were deemed ineligible for medical retirement have the ability to submit an application for a new review of their case.  Potentially being awarded medical retirement status and up to one year of back pay.  With medical retirement status, veterans would be eligible for additional financial compensation for their time in service and related injuries.

The board created to review these cases is called the Physical Disability Review Board.  The PDRB will compare the DoD and VA ratings the veteran received.  The PDRB cannot reduce an already awarded disability rating.  Any changes become effective on the date the PDRB makes a “final” decision.  This is not the same as a Board for Correction of Military Record.  This table lists the differences between the two.

Veterans can add any personal statements, medical records, or other supporting documents, but they are not able to personally appear before the board.  Veterans are notified of the decision of the board after the review has been completed.

The application for this review is made by submitting form DD-294 to:

550 C Street West 
Suite 41 
Randolph AFB, Texas 78150-4743

A list of common questions and answers can be found here.


Photo thanks to lehcar1477, under creative commons license on Flickr.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph April 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

How can this be written for the future? September 2011 – December 2011? I mean we are only in March, why is this being said in past tense for the future?


Audrey Beebe April 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Joseph, this was simply a typo, thanks for pointing it out. The correct dates are September 2001 through December 2009.


bigb May 29, 2011 at 3:43 am

if i was discharged with ptsd, and am now 100% p&t iu through va. will pdrb also add ptsd to review.


bigb May 29, 2011 at 3:48 am

i think i asked that question wroung. here is the question. if i was medicailly discharged, and ptsd was not the reason, and am now 100% p&t iu will pdrb reveiw that also?


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