Remedial vs Waiver - how much info and when?

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  1. A6E Dad

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    Son has completed DODMERB exam and remedials have been requested. This is not surprising, he has history of a knee injury that is disqualifying.

    My question is, should he send all the waiver request info now? or wait till a waiver request is initiated by the SA?

    For example, he will send all Dr. records and notes on the injury, recovery etc, as requested. But should he also write a personal letter requesting the waiver, explaining the injury, how it's affected him (I've seen this advice posted many times). Also, should he request the letter from the Doctor now, or wait?

    The reason I ask is that I assume no matter what anyone says at this point, the disqualification is automatic. The only judgement will (hopefully) come later when a waiver is considered. If he sends all that info now, he won't have anything new to send later.
    Am I over thinking this?
    thank you,
     
  2. xyz321

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    We are beginning this process as well. From my understanding you want to submit paperwork now as requested so that dodmerb can make a determination. If (and only if) that is a dq, then the academy can request a waiver. Dodmerb does not grant waivers, the academies do. Hopefully that makes sense. 2 different organizations involved
     
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  4. A6E Dad

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    thanks,
    Yes, I'm aware that DODMERB does not grant waivers. My question is, after a determination of 'does not meet the standard' is made, and after the SA initiates the waiver process, does DODMERB (on behalf of the SA) request any new info from the applicant.

    Looking at the flowchart, it looks like they may or may not request new info. It's very possible that they will make a Yes or No decision without any new info.

    So, I guess the best thing would be to treat this as a waiver request, and send any info that might support a waiver, including a personal letter and a letter from the doctor. Might not get a chance to send that info later.
     
  5. wisbang35

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    Yes, send it now. Send everything you have in support of how the injury has healed and doesn't cause problems.
     
  6. A6E Dad

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    we're on it,

    thanks!
     
  7. AJC

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    have your son contact his DoDMERB technician.
    contact info is on the website.
    they are extremely helpful
    they will tell you exactly what to do and how to do it.
    as they prepare the remedial packets they know what to include
    having a conversation, not just exchanging emails will help your son understand the process.
    plan on getting letters from coaches etc. illustrating how he has healed.
    he can also write a personal statement. allows him to give details doctors never do
     
  8. A6E Dad

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    thanks,
    might be hard for him to do during business hours, since he's back in school. he was planning to interact via email.

    based on your advice, i'll tell him to find time during the day to get on the phone with them
     
  9. AJC

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    they are in Colorado, so maybe a time difference could help.
    my son called, the tech ended up asking to speak with me since all of his issues were 5-6 years ago and he did not know the details.
     
  10. xyz321

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    Good luck with the process!
     
  11. A6E Dad

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    thanks, and good luck to you
     
  12. Cerberi

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    If DoDMERB requests remedial information, send them what they request. They are pretty clear on how much and what type information they require. If your personal doctor is willing to include a note that the surgery/PT or whatever treatment has completely resolved the issue, get that in writing.

    If DoDMERB DQ's, it is then up to the SA and their medical staff to make a waiver decision. So I think post DoDMERB DQ - DoDMERB is no longer involved in the process - which I think is the question you are asking. All waiver information will be sent directly to the SA evaluating the waiver.

    And be careful with the 'send everything' - send what is requested and what supports your case. 'everything' could include an obscure reference to something else that opens a separate can of worms. This forum is packed with people that have sent too much information and spent the remaining months sorting it out.
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016
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