And that is good...that is, the fact they have you on profile and are processing for a MEB is good (for you)
But first the bad news. There is no regulation that allows them to pay you while you are not able to work (perform drills)
The National Guard is fundamentally different than the regular Army
in several ways...one is how pay is earned.
In the regular (active duty) Army, a soldier is on "duty" for pay purposes 24/7. So injuries they incur that require them to recover/recuperate have no impact on their right to pay.
But for a Guardsman, pay is tied to periods of "duty" that are not continuous. Soldiers are put into a duty status over a weekend or during IT. This status allows them to be eligible for points (towards retirement) and pay.
If a Guardsman is not physically or mentally able to perform their duties, there is no requirement for the unit to call them to duty. There is no regulation that allows the guard to pay a soldier while they are recovering. So the person who told you " no boots on ground, no pay!" is correct.
Now...that said, I suspect you will do OK from this.
If you have a service connected disability that precludes you from performing your duties, I would expect the MEB to recommend medical retirement. If that happens, you would be retired at your current grade and your pay would be based on your service to date.
Also, I would urge you to contact your local (county) veterans services officer
(VSO). What you describe? You are going to be eligible for VA compensation benefits. That can help offset the loss of income from your military pay.
BotXXXXX XXXXXne: the guard is not required to pay you if you are not able to drill. But they should run a MEB to determine if your injuries / physical condition is tied to your service...if it is, I would expect them to retire you