Accession Number:

AD1020234

Title:

A Case Study Investigation into Creating a Joint Physical Evaluation Board

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

59.0

Abstract:

In 2007, in the wake of the investigations of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Congress showed increased interest in the proper care of our nations military members, especially those who were wounded, ill or injured. The Department of Defense DoD Disability Evaluation System DES drew further scrutiny by Congress as a result of numerous complaints that the Services were inconsistently rating Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines with similar injuries. On January 28, 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA was signed into law by President George W. Bush. This Wounded Warrior legislation instituted a number of critical changes to the DES process. First, it required the DoD and the Veterans Administration VA to integrate the current DES into a single streamlined process, better serving the veterans and saving the DoD money. Second, it mandated the establishment of a joint PDBR created to review, upon appeal, veterans cases with medical conditions for individuals with a disability rating 20 or less and, consequently, were ineligible to retire when medically discharged.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE