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PDBR Outcome

You may be wondering, "What happens if I’m successful in the process of getting my case reviewed by the PDBR and finalized by my military department?"

Impact on Pay and Benefits

In almost 25% of the cases reviewed by the PDBR (as of March 2014), the applicant’s Military Service Department has found the applicant eligible for a disability retirement and has awarded this to the applicant. What does this mean for you and your family if your application to the PDBR is successful?

  1. You will get monthly disability retirement pay from your military service. 
    • Retroactive to the day of your original disability separation
    • By law, all previously awarded disability severance pay may be subject to recoupment from these new retirement payments before you can actually begin receiving your entire disability retired pay. 
    • For information, please see the Retired and Annuity Pay Section and Wounded Warrior Section or contact DFAS at 1-800-321-1080.
  2. You are now eligible for TRICARE.
    • Retroactive to the day of your original disability separation
    • Coverage is also extended to your eligible dependents
    • You may request to have TRICARE retroactively reimburse your previous medical expenditures.
  3. You are eligible to buy the Survivor’s Benefit Plan insurance for your dependents.
    • You would be responsible to pay insurance preimiums retroactively to bring your coverage up to date.
  4. You (and your eligible dependants) will have all rights and privileges of a retired Veteran from your armed service. This includes:
    • Commissaries
    • Exchanges
    • Space available recreation and travel
    • Other benefits available via State and private sector organizations

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DoD Instruction 6040.44: Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)


This instruction establishes establish policies, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for PDBR operation and management as required by section 1554a of Title 10, United States Code.

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