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What is the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)?

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The Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) is the Department of Defense (DoD)'s disability evaluation process. IDES determines disability compensation eligibility for service members who are injured or become ill in the line of duty and are no longer able to perform their duties.

Dating back to World War II, the United States established separate disability compensation programs for the DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Those programs remained relatively unchanged for decades and sometimes produced conflicting compensation decisions. In 2007, the DoD and VA integrated their separate disability evaluation systems, jointly launching a pilot program to provide wounded, ill, and injured service members with a more consistent and transparent process, offering timely and equitable evaluation throughout their transition to Veteran status. This pilot program became today’s IDES. This IDES brochure provides an overview of the evaluation timeline.

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