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A new appeal track for medically discharged soldiers

Post by News Tribune Staff on June 30, 2008 at 11:19 am with No Comments »
June 30, 2008 11:19 am

Much has been said and written the past few years about the Army’s system for evaluating soldiers’ injuries and rating their fitness for duty or a return to civilian life – critics contend the system is too complex and biased against the soldier.

The Pentagon on Monday announced the formation of a new level of appeal, the Physical Disability Board of Review, to be run by the Air Force.

The PDBR will reassess the accuracy and fairness of the combined disability ratings assigned to service members who were discharged as unfit for continued military service by the military departments with a combined disability rating of 20 percent or less, and were not found to be eligible for retirement. The PDBR will not review the military departments’ determinations of fitness for continued military service. Instead, the PDBR will review the combined disability ratings assigned to the specific conditions that resulted in a member being declared unfit for continued military service, acted upon by the military department Physical Evaluation Boards.

Haven’t seen any stories about it yet. More as more info becomes available.

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