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Physical Disability Board of Review

If you were medically-separated from the U.S. military between Sept. 11, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2009, you now have the opportunity to have your disability rating reviewed by the Physical Disability Board of Review to ensure fairness and accuracy.

What is the Physical Disability Board of Review?

The Physical Disability Board of Review, or PDBR, was legislated by Congress and implemented by the Department of Defense to ensure the accuracy and fairness of combined disability ratings of 20% or less assigned to service members who were discharged between Sept. 11, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2009.

  • The PDBR uses medical information provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the military department.
  • Once a review is complete, the PDBR forwards a recommendation to the secretary of the respective branch of the armed services.
  • It is up to the individual service branch to make the final determination on whether to change the original disability determination.

For more information about the PDBR and how to apply, visit the Air Force Review Boards Agency website.

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Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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