Month: May 2017

MEB, PEB, IDES…and the Alphabet Soup of Medical Discharges (Part 1 of 4)

A view of the Naval Medical Center San Diego aka Bob Wilson Naval Hospital in the Balboa Park in San Diego.

What is the Medical Evaluation Board Process?

Formerly, the Services and the VA Considered Disability Separately

If you are confused with the acronyms IDES, MEB, PEB, DBQs, C&P Exams, VASRD, PEBLOs, MSCs NARSUMs, SMEBCs, and VARRs, you are not alone.  So what is an MEB anyway?   Colloquially, servicemembers refer to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) as an MEB.  That common name comes from the fact that the IDES system was formerly two different systems.  The Army/Navy/Air Force used one disability evaluation system and the Veterans Administration used a different system.  The Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) served, and continues to serve, as the military services’ evaluation system .  But now, the services and the VA work together; though sometimes they work together with the type of inter-service rivalries we know and love as servicemembers. Continue reading “MEB, PEB, IDES…and the Alphabet Soup of Medical Discharges (Part 1 of 4)”

FINRA OTR – Surviving the On the Record Interview with FINRA Regulators

Recommendations for the FINRA OTR (On the Record) Interview

On a Friday afternoon (always Friday!), you open a letter to discover an “invitation” to a local FINRA district office.  FINRA is demanding you to provide on the record testimony in an investigation. The dreaded FINRA OTR.  Take heart, there is a good chance that you are not the subject of the investigation, just a person with knowledge of the facts and circumstances. After informing your supervisor and Chief Compliance Officer, what should you do next? Continue reading “FINRA OTR – Surviving the On the Record Interview with FINRA Regulators”