Medical Retirees: Navigating the Misunderstood Benefits for our Wounded Warriors

*Preapproved for 1 hour of AFCPE® and MQFP® CEU

Individuals navigating a medical retirement board are often overwhelmed with their challenges and questions, and there is often too little support to help them navigate the transition. Benefit entitlements depend on many factors including disability ratings from both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. We will discuss questions servicemembers should ask during this process and navigate which benefits they retain depending on whether they are medically separated or retired. We will also dive into unique situations medical retirees need to address with regards to their Survivor Benefit Plan options. We will also explore the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), a joint process with VA and DoD, to determine if wounded, ill, or injured Service members are fit for continued Military service and provide disability benefits to Service members and Veterans, if appropriate. Information in this session will help Service members understand their benefits and make informed decisions.