Posted on Apr 16, 2020
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I left active duty back in October and signed a 6 year guard contract with a $20k bonus. Its been 6 months no bonus and i recently got my letter from the VA back stating i got 100% VA disability due to messing up my back and knee on a previous deployment. My question is can I change over to IRR now since i still have received no bonus and now know my VA rating?
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SSG Nathan S.
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If you've been diagnosed with these injuries at this level, I'm presuming you likely aren't able to meet PT and physical requirements due to the injuries? You're unit should be referring you to MEB for review and possible medical discharge/retirement. I'd attempt that route for the additional pay and benefit possibilities, you could be losing out in the long run.
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Oddly, there is no relationship between VA rating and fitness for duty.
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SSG Nathan S.
SSG Nathan S.
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LTC (Join to see) Agreed and I understand there isn't, but it's not easy to get a 100% rating and if he's got 100% for physical disabilities I find it hard to believe he still meets physical requirements for the military as well.
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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As for the bonus they cannot issue it until you transition. Getting out of your contract should be relatively simple. Contact the sane office you transitioned with and provide a copy of your Disability.
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SPC Infantryman
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Ive transitioned but was told the states broke the will come or it wont
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LTC Program Manager
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You can still serve in the guard with a VA rating, they just don't pay you your VA pension for the days you are drilling or at AT. If you think your physical condition is such that you can't continue service you should look into a med board.
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There is a difference between a"schedular" rating of 100% and 100% "unemployability". I know several people with VA ratings of 100% that work. They tell you right at the VA briefings when i got off active duty and hired into the government that you can be rated 100%. When I got mobilized recently CRC says they have deployed reservists who are rated 100%.
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SGT Dan Gray
SGT Dan Gray
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LTC (Join to see) - I have confused nothing Sir, I received my information directly from the local VA reps who just came back from a three day training session where this was brought up. With all due respect I think I will listen to the ones that do this on a daily basis as they have more information about this then either you or I do.
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SFC Jeremy Boyd
SFC Jeremy Boyd
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You are quite correct sir, 100% Permanent and Total disability based on schedular table is authorized to work, 100% TDIU is not. I received the same VA briefing you must have, back in July of 2018. Not sure why SGT Gray thinks his VA reps know so much more than ours do.
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Cpl Johnny Willis
Cpl Johnny Willis
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I just wanted to comment, SFC Jeremy Boyd is correct on confirming what LTC said. You CAN work with 100% disability or P&T (permanent and total). But you can NOT work on 100% Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
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