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Going through a MEB board and chain of command trying to initiate

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Going through a MEB board and chain of command trying to initiate an administrative discharge process. What can be the adverse effect on the MEB board and benefits

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With any MEB coinciding with an administrative discharge, they send both up for consideration. They are, in essence, dual processed so that higher levels of command can choose which separation to permit...the MEB recommended one or the administrative discharge.


The higher level of command, usually at the Secretary level (his/her delegee), can choose to allow the administrative separation and ignore the MEB.


Then you'd have to go through the VA process to establish a service connection to your injury/illness that is the basis for the MEB. So, one can get administratively discharged and still receive VA benefits rather than getting benefits from the MEB process.

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