Step 4 - Integrated Disability Evaluation System IDES

The following list is a general guideline and preparatory roadmap of the Notification Process. Always consult with your liaison from the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office for answers to your specific questions.

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Once the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) process kicks-off, you and your Soldier will start interacting with Department of Defense civilians and service members. These members will process your Soldier's medical and physical evaluation documents.

Your Soldier's appointments during this step of the process will end in two military boards, the Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and the Physical Evaluation Board (PEB). These boards determine your Soldiers claims and benefits packages and level of fitness to return to a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). If it is determined the Soldier cannot return to duty, they are directed on how to separate or retire from military service under the care of the Veterans Affairs (VA). In both cases, the IDES process is designed to insure that all medical and quality of life documentation are collected, evaluated, and processed in order to fairly determine Soldier's benefits and military status.

How Can You Help

Your role in this process is to continue your focus on your Soldier's mental and physical recovery while you support them with appointments that are now focused on reviewing the Soldier's overall health, mental fitness, and physical recovery.