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finckjm

Have Ptsd Rating From Va Going To National Guard Meb

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I am currently in the National Guard and am in the process of being sent to the MEB for PTSD to determine if I am still fit for duty. I spent 4 years in the Regular Army and have been in the National Guard for 8 years, 1 1/2 years of my national guard time was 6 month train up and 12 month deployment to Iraq.

When I came back from Iraq I began having problems is social settings, marital problems, trouble concentrating at my civilian job and all kinds of other fun stuff. I almost closed lined a guy in a "man-dress" at the mall. After I was at home for about 6 months I finally decided to get help. I was eventually rated by the VA as 30% for PTSD and I also ended up getting another 10% for my knees. I still have one other claim for my back that I am appealing.

About a year ago every soldier in my National Guard unit was required to get a physical. During my physical I let the Dr. know what medications I was on and informed they were for my PTSD. He immediately gave me a P3 profile for my knees and PTSD, PULHES is 333113. The Guard finally got around to sending my packet to the MMRB, and I was found unfit to perform my current MOS as a Combat Engineer. My packet is going to the MEB in January of 2009 and I am trying to find out what I should expect from the MEB.

Do they take into consideration my current rating for PTSD from the VA?

The Medical Evaluation Board that I my packet is going to is an Active Duty MEB, because the disabilities are combat related and occured during a NG Federal Mobilization.

I appreciate any insight into this as it is something that I have been stressing about.

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I would have to say "NO" I had a MEB and it was more for "Fit for Duty" than a rating. Chances are if you have been rated by the VA you got as much as your going to get if they release you from your contract. Ultimately the VA is the derision maker when it comes to rating disabilities. I had a MEB in 95 and the VA was the one who assign my rating for my disabilities 1 month after service. Hope this helps.. this is how it played out for me anyways... Good luck and welcome to hadit.

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Thanks yoggie2

I understand that the MEB does not determine any type of physical dissiability rating and that the PEB assigns the dissability rating. From my understanding on the new army regulations about the MEB/PEB process as of January 2008 the DOD evaluation/rating scheme is supposed to use the the same system that the VA uses.

Does anybody know if this is accurate?

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if you are attempting to get a rating from the service you should request the formal board the MEB will simple decide if you can remain in the gaurd. If you are unfit and have more than 15 years of total service you can retire if not you will be adminstratily discharged. I went throug this in 2005. Hope this helps!

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Are you still drilling I see you were P3. I was P4 not allowed to participate and then medically retired but no rating from the service was attached. It possible they could reccomend you cross train to another MOS as well. Had you be on active duty and diagnosed then you would have a rating on your DD-214 because remember if you retire or are discharged you will recieve a final order not a final DD-214. all pertinant info is on that DD-214 you recieved when you completed you last active tour.

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I am still drilling. The MMRB has determined that I am not able to perform the duties for my current MOS(Combat Engineer). The purpose of the MEB is to determine if I my profile prevents me from changing to another MOS, which is unlikely since my profile prevents me from even wearing a helmet or participating in anything physical, cant even do the alternate 2.5 mile walk or bike ride for APFT. I just want to know if they take into consideration my current rating from the VA and also what happens at the PEB.

Everything on my current P3 profile stems from incidents that occured while I was on Federal Orders deployed to Iraq. Because I am medically unfit for my current MOS due to my P3 from incidnets in Iraq, I go throught the active duty MEB/PEB process.

I know this a weird order to do things, already having a VA rating prior to MEB/PEB. I initially went to the VA just to get help for my PTSD, but ended up with a 40% rating by the time it was all said and done.

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