The Army Physical Disability Agency has published a memorandum modifying the standard used in determining placement on the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL). You can download the entire memo here: Medical Principles: Presumption of Soundness - Downloads - Physical Evaluation Board Forum . Though the memorandum clearly states that a member will be permanently retired unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the members condition is likely to change over the next five years, I believe that there is a confusing and possibly erroneous explanation of this policy contained in the guidance. The relevant portions are excerpted here: "Part II: Placement on the TDRL There are two types of PDES cases. The first type is the “legacy” case. In this type of case, the PEB assigns the disability rating. The second type of PDES cases is the “DES Pilot case” or other cases where the VA assigns the...
I ask you all to join me in reflecting on and remembering the sacrifices of those who gave all in defense of our Nation. Next week is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. So many sacrificed so much and I am grateful for those who stepped up and defended our Nation and way of life. I also hope that folks, after remembering the sacrifices of those brave servicemembers, enjoy the day. Yes, it's not all about BBQ's....but, I believe that the heroes who gave all would likely also want us to enjoy the benefits of what they fought to defend, including time with friends and family. So, be safe, remember the sacrifices of those who perished in defense of our freedom, and then enjoy some of that freedom.
I wanted to take a moment to note the anniversary and "birthday" of the PEB Forum!!! I am so happy and proud that we have been here for 12 years and have (as of this post) more than 83,000 members. Because we don't require registration to view the forums, you know that we have helped way more folks than the 83k number. Thanks to everyone who has participated in this community. I look forward to many more years here and thank everyone for their interest and participation!!
Please note that the VA has been updating the VASRD. Currently, the VA has updated the schedule for the following conditions with criteria that are not updated in this forum: Hemic and Lymphatic systems, Dental and oral conditions, Conditions related to the endocrine system, Gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast Diseases of the eye, Skin conditions. I am working on updating the VASRD listings on the forum. In the meantime, you can find the most recent ratings here:
The Department of Defense recently updated the timelines for processing of IDES cases. The resource for DoD Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM)-18-004 – “Revised Timeliness Goals for the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)," can be found here: https://www.pebforum.com/resources/directive-type-memorandum-dtm-18-004-revised-timeliness-goals-for-the-ides.100/ I intend to post a detailed timeline at each phase in the future. For now, know that the overall processing of IDES cases should be processed faster (from 295 days to 230 days- basically, two months faster). Note the effective date is July 30, 2018.