November 29, 2007
Evaluation to Provide Smoother Transition to Disability Benefits and Compensation
This initiative is designed to eliminate the duplicative and often confusing elements of the current disability processes of the two departments. Key features of the disability evaluation system (DES) pilot include one medical examination and a single-sourced disability rating.
The single disability examination pilot is another improvement as a result of the President’s Commission on Care for
This pilot program will seek to ease the transition of wounded service members through the disability evaluation system to reentry into the civilian community with more efficient delivery of disability compensation at the time they leave military service.
VA is providing the medical professionals performing the examinations. The pilot is being conducted for service members at the
The pilot includes all non-clinical care and administrative activities, such as case management and counseling requirements associated with disability case processing from the service member’s initial referral to a Military Department Medical Evaluation Board to VA’s compensation and benefits program.
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