Medical Evaluation Board and Physical Evaluation Board [M.E.B. and P.E.B.]
The Integrated Disability Evaluation System (I.D.E.S.) Addresses A Military Member’s Medical Fitness To Continue Serving
While general court-martial (and sometimes special court-martial) successes may result in more public recognition, there are many other military adverse actions that could have a dramatic impact on the career and future of military members. Our civilian defense attorneys handle these military cases. Such cases could include an M.E.B> or P.E.B.
The Integrated Disability Evaluation System (I.D.E.S.) of the individual service branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) involves M.E..B (Medical Evaluation Board) and P.E.B. (Physical Evaluation Board) processing.
Normally, this process begins when a military medical provider from the local installation medical treatment facility begins the M.E.B. process to determine if a military member is medically fit for duties commensurate with his/her rank and position, and is deployable. If the case progresses through the M.E.B. process, it advances to the P.E.B. process. The case will reach the I.P.E.B. (Information Physical Evaluation Board) and, depending on the member’s election, the F.P.E.B. (Formal Physical Evaluation Board). Possible outcomes in these cases include returning the member to duty, placing the member on the temporary disability retirement list (T.D.R.L.), administratively separating the member with severance or administratively separating the member with a medical retirement – depending on the disability rating/percentage in accordance with the V.A.S.R.D. (Veteran Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities).
Military members who are sick and/or injured face this process, which can result in the abrupt end of their military career, and questionable future compensation. Because of this, having an experienced and aggressive military law attorney on your side could be absolutely vital in these military disability cases.
Because of the most recent changes to this system, we now primarily get involved in appeals to the service branch Board for Correction of Military Records (B.C.M.R.) When we do, the strength of the appeal is largely dependent upon professional medical support for the appellant’s position. Mr. Stevens is a civilian criminal defense attorney, former active duty military JAG lawyer, and former medical malpractice defense lawyer who exclusively practices military law and defends military members stationed around the world who are facing military trials, disciplinary actions, appeals, adverse actions, board hearings, and investigations.