The Integrated Disability Evaluation System

Posted: September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), formally called the Disability Evaluation System Pilot, was developed in 2007 to shorten the 540 days it took a Solider from processing through the Army's PDES system and then processing through the VA 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. 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.
Although the new streamlined IDES system is intended to improve the delivery of disability services and benefits for all U.S. Soldiers, servicemembers, veterans and their families, Congress is being told this is not the case. This supposedly new and improved system cannot speedily handle the most obvious of cases, as Crystal Nicely, whose Marine husband Todd lost both arms and legs in Afghanistan in 2010 told a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 27 JUL. Nicely said that while IDES "is supposed to be a faster, more efficient way to complete the evaluations and transition service members, that has not been our experience." For example, Nicely said, "a very simple narrative summary of how my husband was injured sat on someone's desk for almost 70 days waiting for a very simple approval." She said the system started to work only after the intervention of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Since 43,000 troops have been wounded over the past decade in Afghanistan and Iraq, Murray will be mighty busy if she has to intervene in the thousands of cases still stuck in IDES. For a more detailed report on IDES refer to http://dtf.defense.gov/rwtf/m02/m02pa06.pdf. [Source: GovExec.com Bob Brewin article 7/29/11 ++]

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