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

Policy

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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Last Updated: November 02, 2022
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