The MEB exams are the medical exams a service member undergoes when first starting the MEB Process
when leaving the military because of a disability.
sure that when you go to the MEB exams that you cover EVERY condition you have
with the examining physician, no matter how small. You may need to also be examined by specialists
for individual conditions. This is a good thing: The more evidence you have of a
condition, the better it will be rated, and the more legit it will seem to the
Rating Authorities. Remember, it is NEVER a good idea to fake it
. People who fake
it make me feel like this guy.
The DoD will only rate conditions that make a service member
unable to do his job, but the VA will rate every condition that can be clearly
connected to military service. So, even if a serious condition develops in the
future, but is caused by a condition that was incurred while in the military,
the VA will definitely rate it as long as the medical records are thorough
enough to prove the relationship.
So, don’t be a macho man (or macho woman) and not go to the
doctor about a condition. Your future depends on complete medical evidence that
was recorded while you are in the military. Just go. It’s worth it. Similarly,
don’t fake it and don’t understate it. Doctors can tell when you are faking,
and if you fake one condition, they may think you fake them all, so you won’t
get rated properly for your legit conditions.
Also don’t understate them. There have been clear cases
where a soldier will go into an exam and try to act like the condition doesn’t
really bother them—they’re fine, strong and brave. But if the physician records
that you don’t really have any serious conditions, but then one gets worse, you
don’t have any proof that it was caused by service, and so won’t get
compensation for it. Just be completely honest right from the beginning, and
you’ll get the military disability rating you deserve.
If you are already separated from the military,
but you don’t have any medical records of conditions that were caused by or
during service, sorry, it’s just too late. You MUST have documentation to get
disability compensation. Sorry. I know that makes you feel like this guy.