Disability Evaluation information now available on-line

March 2, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Soldiers, family members and commanders can now find helpful data, phone numbers, and first-line information on how the Integrated Disability Evaluation System works for the Army in Europe at the USAREUR IDES Web site.

Europe and Asia were part of the final implementation phase of an improved disability evaluation process for Soldiers which began in October 2011.

The new system eliminates both the requirement for veterans to navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs disability evaluation process on their own and the delay between the end of a Soldiers’ service and the beginning of their VA benefits.

The IDES partners the disability rating systems of the Department of Defense and the VA to produce a disability rating system used by both departments.

The IDES also features a single set of medical examinations and a single set of disability ratings, resulting in benefits that begin as soon as Soldiers separate from military service.

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