Integrated Disability Evaluation System Seeks to Improve Efficiency

While many Veterans find that the frustrations of the legal process involved in obtaining VA and other disability benefits add only insult to injury, especially when they are already dealing with the transition from military to Veteran status, the bureaucracies involved are attempting to improve the process. In recent years, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have begun testing a new system in order to evaluate disabilities for both military and VA disability benefits. This system, known as the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) evaluates service members’ disabilities under the VA protocols to determine a member’s fitness for duty and compensation, allowing both the Pentagon and VA to process the cases at the same time. Following a three year test of the new system, reports suggest that IDES allows for faster and more efficient handling of these cases, and IDES has officially been implemented at 54 military installations, with an expectation that it will be at all 141 major military medical facilities by the end of September 2011.


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