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Is it possible to speed up the process of a military discharge

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Is it possible to speed up the process of a military discharge on account of a disability? A family member is quite ill and we'd like him discharged quickly so he can come home and be cared for by his family vs. be on his own on the other side of the country.
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.

Depends...depends on the process that the service member is going through.

If this is a case where a service member has an injury that is caused by or aggravated by their service, there is a formal process that must be undertaken to allow a discharge.

This process is called a MEB (Medical Evaluation Board) and includes several parts, including an examination and rating (rating to determine the level of disability)

Typically the entire process for a MEB is 3-6 months, depending on the complexity. They can take more is rare they take less.

Can they be "sped up"? some degree. But that is limited, since they process involves not only the command (direct command) of the service member, but also the service (so, for example, in the Army, Headquarters Army).

SO it really is not something that the local command can "speed up" much.

And, frankly, you do not want this rushed...if the service member is going through a MEB, you want them to be take their time and get it right since the service member may receive compensation based on the MEB

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for the info and I understand why you probably wouldn't want the MEB process to be sped up. That being said, if someone can no longer be employed by the military, can someone get permission to return home while they are going through the MEB process?
No. Not typically. Since the MEB requires their presence or at least membership in the command that is running the MEB.

It goes to "send home" is not really possible until the MEB is done. The command that runs the MEB needs to have the member under their command.

It could be possible that they transfer to a different command to run the MEB, but unless there are extenuating circumstances that is not likely to happen

Sorry to have to bear bad news.
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