Integrated Disability Evaluation System
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"This is an extraordinarily difficult time to lead and serve. What our country has asked us to do and, by virtue of that, what we have asked our families to do, is a tremendous sacrifice. I owe a debt of gratitude to each one of you and your families. This is the greatest military … We have moved far beyond the U.S. being able to do it all alone. The interconnectivity of the world has changed how we must adapt and operate. We must fully leverage what the last 10 years of fighting wars has taught us. We are now truly a joint and international force. We need to make sure we don't lose those skills."
- Adm. Mike Mullen, the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while speaking to the Army War College student body as part of the Commandant's Lecture Series, which this year is focused on officership and the profession, emphasized the for the last 10 years the military has been faced with a rapidly changing environment that places an emphasis on international, interagency and joint operations.
Mullen talks changing world, challenges ahead to Army War College audience
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"I've turned down a lot of fairly high paying jobs over the years. I just love being a Soldier. It's not about the money. It's about the Soldiers, pure and simple."
- Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger, the 13th command sergeant major for the Army Materiel Command, who during his nearly 40 years of service has not looked for a reason to leave the Army.
AMC top NCO: I wanted to be the best Soldier I could be
Official release: Chandler to become next Sergeant Major of the Army
Press release: Deadline for retroactive stop loss special pay extended
Websites of interest:
Strengthening Our Military Families
Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay
Army G-1 Suicide Prevention
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
African American History Month
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- Chompers, the shakedown & the official epic no-salute streak
- Kentucky Soldier finds visionary Afghans helps their businesses succeed
- Delivering on sustainability
- Administration, Pentagon focus on veterans issues
- Why I serve
- February focus on heart health
Integrated Disability Evaluation System
What it is?
The Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) is a seamless, transparent disability evaluation system administered jointly by the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to make disability evaluations for wounded, ill or injured servicemembers and veterans, simple, seamless, fast and fair. The IDES integrates evaluation processes DoD and VA each performed separately, to help DoD determine whether a wounded, ill or injured servicemember is able to continue to serve and quickly returns those to duty status who are. For servicemembers unable to continue service, the IDES determines the disability rating the member will receive through the VA.
What the Army has done?
In November 2007, the Army collaborated with DoD and VA to implement the IDES (formally called the Disability Evaluation System Pilot) program in the National Capital Region (Malcolm Grow, Walter Reed and the National Naval Medical Centers). The pilot helped Army and DoD simplify the disability evaluation process by eliminating duplicate disability exams and ratings, and placed VA counselors at Army MTFs to help ensure a smooth transition for Soldiers to veteran status. As of March 2010, the Army had 15 installations participating in the IDES. By the end of March 2011, the Army will have 22 facilities participating in the IDES.
What does the Army have planned for the future?
Based on the success of the pilot and on-going collaboration with the VA to streamline and reform the Army's current PDES evaluation and disability process, the IDES in the future will expand to all remaining Army installations. The transformation from two separate evaluation and disability systems to the streamlined IDES, will help all current and future Soldiers and servicemembers by delivering-
(1) Enhanced Case Management
(2) A Single Comprehensive Disability Examination
(3) A Single-Sourced Disability Rating
(4) Increased Transparency
(5) Faster Disability Processing.
Why is this important to the Army?
The new streamlined IDES system improves the delivery of disability services and benefits for all U.S. Soldiers, servicemembers, veterans and their families. Under IDES, they will receive one single disability medical examination conducted by a VA-certified physician, and one single-source disability rating to determine their fitness for duty and eligibility for DoD and VA disability compensation and benefits.
The Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy
DoD and VA Begin Pilot Disability Evaluation System
ABOUT THE ARMY
- GAT results to soon include fitness score (The US Army)
- Top Army doctor disputes Tribune-Review series (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
- Retreat provides relationship refresh for III Corps couples (The US Army)
- Up-or-out rules get refined by Army (Army Times)
- ‘Punisher’ gets its first battlefield tests (Army Times)
- Army struggles to lighten Soldiers' load (Seattle Times)
- Raymond Chandler: Your next Sergeant Major (Army Times)
- Weight of War: Gear that protects troops also injures them (Seattle Times)
- European training command offering counter-IED training to multinational forces (The US Army)
- Army amputee runs on inspiration (The US Army)
- The Afghanistan War: Tactical victories, strategic stalemate? (Politics Daily)
- NATO: 740 trainers still needed for Afghan forces (Yahoo)
- Dogs being prepared at Lewis-McChord may become stressed Soldiers' best friends in Iraq (The News Tribune)
- Afghanistan women's shura convenes for first time in 2 years (The US Army)
- A view from the top of Mosul (Killeen Daily Herald)
- Service secretaries receive 'Don't Ask' repeal plan (The US Army)
- Military won’t be spared in Obama’s budget (Army Times)
- Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' doesn't end problems facing gay servicemembers (Washington Post)
- Caregivers of wounded troops still waiting for benefits signed into law by Obama (Washington Post)
- Vets now battling unemployment (San Antonio Express-News)
- The dogs of war (New York Post)
- Soldier may testify against comrades in afghan killings, lawyer says (New York Times)
- For some troops, powerful drug cocktails have deadly results (New York Times)
- STAND-TO! Home
- Subscribe/Unsubscribe to STAND-TO!
- Send Feedback
- Privacy & Security
- U.S. Army Homepage
External Links Disclaimer - The appearance of hyperlinks to external sites does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the U.S. Army of the linked web site or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sites, the Department of the U.S. Army does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.