The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are working together to make disability evaluation more simple, seamless, fast and fair with the integrated disability evaluation system. DoD uses the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) to decide if Service Members who have been wounded, ill or injured are still able to serve, if they are not, the IDES has integrated processes that the DoD and VA formerly executed separately. This streamlined system improves America’s delivery of disability services and benefits to Service Members, Veterans and their families.
If the primary care provider recommends possible Medical Evaluation Board (MEB), the Soldier is referred to the Medical Management Center care coordinator until it is determined that medical retention determination point has been reached. When a medical retention determination point has been reached, a review of the Soldier’s treatment record is made by the MEB provider who initiates a permanent profile as necessary. After the profile is issued, the Soldier reports to the IDES clinic where a Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer (PEBLO) is assigned to guide the soldier through the IDES process including scheduling appointments with the VA military service coordinator to begin the VA claim. The PEBLO will insure that the Soldier is fully briefed on the process including appeal rights at various stages of the process. The IDES clinic is currently located in building T3264 on Crane Avenue. The clinic is tentatively expected to return to the 3rd floor of Reynolds Army Community Hospital in January 2013 when renovations are complete. At that time the IDES clinic will include co-location of the PEBLOs, MEB providers, MEB Behavioral Health providers, Soldier MEB counsel, and VA military service coordinators. For information or assistance regarding the IDES process, call (580) 558-0011/0024/0040.