As I had started a small series of posts within the past few months, I wanted to finish my recap on the final part of M’s MEB process.
M had to appeal his initial rating from the Army and to do so, he had to appear in person for a formal PEB (Physical Evaluation Board) at the location assigned to our duty station. Since we were in the West Region, his formal PEB was held at Ft. Lewis which reviews all MEB/PEB proceedings for the area (including AK & HI).
He was advised to bring a witness for the board to understand how his physical issues affected him on a (almost) daily basis.
His unit granted him TDY and paid for his ticket but we paid for my ticket to fly out separately (due to scheduling conflicts with his flight). We were not reimbursed for my ticket (which is the norm..and we are okay with it as well) and we had to stay at on post lodging which was different. We had never stayed in Army lodging before (ironically..) but plenty of times at Air Force lodging.
We arrived a bit early the first day so when M called to inform the PEB office at Ft. Lewis, they let him know that they wouldn’t be able to meet until the next day so we had the first day free to sight see if we choose to.
Seattle was different and chaotic..but so beautiful. We loved seeing the ocean so clearly and the lodging was reasonable, plus the staff was so sweet.
The second day we were there, we meet with the lawyer who would go over the case with M (which most of which I can’t go into..) and sorta give us an idea of what to expect from the board. Once that was over, we had nothing else to do for the first of the day. No doctor appointments there or major things that would take up our time..
We went to a state park and just enjoyed the view and later on after dinner, we just walked around post.
The next morning was a bit cloudy when we went to meet with the board. The lawyer went in first and said his opening statement and then he was given some news from the board who had been looking over M’s file beforehand..
The lawyer came out and told us that M was being medically retired after all..mainly due to an administrative error. 🙂 M went in and I followed while he introduced himself to the board..the board asked both of us to sit down and went into detail on how they came upon their decision. They wished us good luck and said thank you to both of us (M for his service, I for dealing with the Army’s ups and downs..).
We were dismissed and just went over menial paperwork with the lawyer after. M was given the option to extend his contract in order to give us a time frame that would be ideal which he refused (and I wish he had said yes to…).
We found Yogurtini afterwards and enjoyed a celebratory ice cream there (thanks to the recommendation from a lodge staff member). 🙂
Overall, we were SO THANKFUL that the over two year process was finally coming to a close. M fought for what he thought and knew he had earned from the Army and the VA and it has helped us a lot since then.
Any questions about the MEB/PEB process, leave a comment below and I will try to answer it as best as I can or find a resource that will help.Pin It