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  1. VAService-Connected Claims and IDES Lynda Hurley VBA Officer-In-ChargeWalter Reed Army Medical Center & National Naval Medical Center

  2. “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan…” Abraham Lincoln

  3. Disability Compensation UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  4. Injury or Illness in Service Nexus Current Disability or Condition Establishing Service Connection + + UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  5. NOT Disability Examples • Acute & transitory illnesses • Pain • Age related vision changes • Most dental conditions • Lab results/findings UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  6. IMPORTANT NOTE: Disabilities do not have to be incurred in combat or during a period of war. UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  7. Grant if you can;Deny if must!

  8. Compensation • Compensation is tax free • Establishes eligibility for other benefits • Receipt of retired pay and VA compensation now being phased in for some retirees • Severance and Separation Pay still prohibited in most cases • VA rating is independent of any military rating • Extra allowance for dependents UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  9. Related Benefits • VA Medical care for all SC conditions • $10,000 life insurance • VA loan funding fee waived • Civil Service Preference • Additional Special Monthly Compensation added for loss of limb, organ, etc. • Automobile Grant • Automobile-Adaptive Equipment • Clothing Allowance • Special Adaptive Housing Grant UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  10. Time Limits No time limit to apply for compensation. • Apply within one year of separation --Entitlement effective from the date of retirement. • Apply later than one year of separation --Entitlement effective from the date VA receives the claim. UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  11. IDES Claims • DoD and VA collaboration • Reduce redundancies • Standardization Across Services (where possible) • Reduce time to start of VA benefits

  12. Reintegrate or Separate Examine Examine Rate Rate Transition Compensate Compensate IDES Pilot Timeline Overview Timeline Overview DoD VA Treatment MEB PEB VA Rating Transition Reintegrate Seamless Transition Informal Board (15 days) Single Rating Agency Return to Duty Proposed Rating (15 days) OR One Physical Formal Board (30 days) Service member is wounded, il, or injured Separate Finalize DES Disposition Physical Exam (35 days) Case Development (30 days) Admin and Record transit (15 days) • Separate: • PDRL • TDRL • w/ or w/out severance VA benefits letter one month following separation Rating Reconsideration (15 days) Appeal (30 days) Physician assesses and treats Service member Process to Unit or for separation Admin and Record transit (15 days) VA Appeals 120 days 45 days Up to 1 year 80 days 30 days=275 days

  13. Questions? UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  14. Lynda Hurley VBA Officer-In-Charge Walter Reed Army Medical Center & National Naval Medical Center • Office: 202-782-6852 • Fax: 202-782-5172 • Cell: 202-255-4761 Lynda.Hurley@va.gov Lynda.Hurley@us.army.mil UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO