General DES Issues

This article category is for general issues with the DES.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024!!
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Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!! I am looking forward to an exciting year, both personally, and for the PEB FORUM! I will be posting several updates soon about emerging issues with the Military DES! I have recently grappled with a few cases concerning the use of "negative evidence" (the MEBs/PEBs/BCMRs claiming that there is insufficient evidence on a point, when case law in the Federal Circuit limits the use of negative evidence), incomplete and inaccurate MEBs that the PEBs use to justify lowball ratings, the failure to revise profiles after the VA exams and ratings indicate a high degree of disability, and several other issues of interest to those in the DES/IDES! I hope all are enjoying a relaxing and peaceful holiday and I look forward to seeing you here in the New Year!!

Word Around the Campfire- Interesting developments!

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campfire.jpg Just a heads up on a few tidbits of information that may be of interest to folks! First, the Army is apparently consolidating the PEB sites to San Antonio (Joint Base San Antonio-Sam Houston). I have heard from two sources that the Army is moving all PEB operations to JBSA San Antonio. This includes the Army Physical Disability Agency. Next, it is my understanding that the Coast Guard is working on a separate agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement an "IDES-like" system, where the Coastie will be rated by the VA for any conditions found unfitting by the Coast Guard. This is technically not the IDES, but the end result is supposed to be the same.

Government Shutdown- January 19, 2018

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As anyone who has followed the news knows, Congress failed to pass a spending bill on January 19, 2018. This article and thread is for information and discussion of the impact of the shutdown on the Disability Evaluation System, military disability compensation and benefits, and related issues. (Some of the links posted are general in nature, so there will be some overlap with discussion or information of other government services impacted by the shutdown in the links provided). Starting off, I will say that we don't know how long this shutdown and the impasse will last. Historically, it has not lasted very long. The longest shutdown in US history was for 21 days.CNN: History of shutdowns. This time may be different. We will have to see how things progress. However, the average time for a shutdown has been a few days. Here are a few links discussing the history of shutdowns and...

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