According to Congressional findings, some servicemembers that were medically separated between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009 were low-balled on the disability ratings even though their medical records showed symptoms of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2008 Congress ordered the DoD to change the disability evaluation systems that led to so many underrated medical conditions of ill and injured members.
Tom Philpott is reporting that in an effort to “correct past wrongs,” Congress has directed the Department of Defense to establish the Physical Disability Review Board (PDRB) to reexamine the records and possibly raise the disability ratings of up to 77K veterans who were medically separated between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009. These veterans should receive a letter instructing them to apply for a PDBR.
However, veterans do not have to wait for the letter to apply. All the information vets need to apply is available online at: www.health.mil/pdbr.
Read this week’s Military Update to learn more.