Facing an MEB? Call the Office of the Airmen's Council!
By Tech. Sgt. Valerie Jones, 30th Space Wing Legal Office
/ Published April 16, 2015
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Are you going through a Medical Evaluation Board or Physical Evaluation Board? Did you know there is an agency specifically designated to help through the process?
Unfortunately, there is a misconception that the Area Defense Counsel or the base legal office can assist members through the MEB or PEB process. It is important that Air Force members facing an MEB or PEB quickly get help from the right source. There are timelines that must be met during this stressful process and it is important that they speak to the right agency from the start. The Office of the Airmen's Counsel is the office to assist those members.
The OAC is a team of nine lawyers and four paralegals assigned at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph to represent Airmen that are entered into the Integrated Disability Evaluation System, also known as the MEB process. The OAC team is available to support members from start of notification through the Formal Physical Evaluation Board. Additionally, the OAC will assist Airmen through their appeals process all the way to the Secretary of the Air Force Personnel Council or the Veterans Administration.
OAC represents Airman worldwide, active duty and reservists. Their workload translates into more than 2,000 clients and more than 700 hearings in 2013 alone. It is the member's right to seek immediate legal advice from the OAC upon notification from the Medial Treatment Facility that they will be placed into the IDES.
If you or someone you know is going through this process, contact the Office of the Airmen's Counsel at DSN 665-0739 or Commercial at (210) 565-0739. Individuals can also e-mail the counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org