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New DoD Timelines for IDES process
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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.

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.

SECNAVINST 17705.5 MANAGEMENT DISPOSITION OF LOD BENEFITS MEMBERS OF THE NAVY AND USMC RESERVE

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Jason Perry submitted a new resource: SECNAVINST 17705.5 MANAGEMENT DISPOSITION OF LOD BENEFITS MEMBERS OF THE NAVY AND USMC RESERVE - This instruction deals with LOD benefits and compensation for Reserve members of the Navy and USMC
This SECNAVINST was issued yesterday. My cursory review is that it is generally in accordance with law and regulations. However, I have deep concerns about the execution of this Instruction.
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Saunders v United States

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Jason Perry submitted a new resource: Saunders v United States - Federal Court of Appeals case stating pain is a basis for VA compensation
This case is very important. First, as far as its impact, it is a decision of a three judge case before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This is a court above the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (and one level of judicial review below the US Supreme Court). This case may be appealed to the Supreme Court, but, for now, this case is binding law. As far as substance, it is HUGE. The reason for this is two-fold. First, it impacts a huge number of cases. Second, it states...
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Up to 45,000 Tricare Users Could Soon Be Dropped
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https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/03/22/45000-tricare-users-could-soon-be-dropped.html Pay attention folks!! " Military.com 22 Mar 2018 By Amy Bushatz As many as 45,000 Tricare households or beneficiaries could be disenrolled from coverage because their payment information was not updated when the agency changed regional contractors early this year. Affected users are retirees who use Tricare Prime and do not pay their annual fee through paycheck allotment and those who use the purchased Tricare Reserve Select...

THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!! DoD Retention Policy for Non-Deployable Service Members

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salute.jpg This is the link to the DoD policy and PEB FORUM resource for the DOD Retention Policy for Non-Deployable Service Members . Let's discuss the most important parts of the policy memorandum. "The Deputy Secretary of Defense directed the following interim policy guidance, which will remain in effect until the Department issues a DoD Instruction on reporting and retention of non-deployable Service members: • Service members who have been non-deployable for more than 12 consecutive months, for any reason, will be processed for administrative separation in accordance with Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1332.14, Enlisted Administrative Separations, or DoD Instruction 1332.30, Separation of Regular and Reserve Commissioned Officers, or will be referred into the Disability Evaluation System in accordance with DoDI 1332.18...

Good News: "More than 133,000 vets may qualify for this tax refund windfall"

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Dollars Tax refund.jpg More than 133,000 vets may qualify for this tax refund windfall From Army Times. By Karen Jowers. "More than 133,000 veterans may qualify for a refund of federal taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 ― taxes that shouldn’t have been collected in the first place. Within the next month, Defense Department officials will send notification letters to veterans that they may be eligible for the refund, said Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council. Eligible veterans will have a year after they receive the notice to file a claim for the refund. These refunds, which are the result of a law passed in 2016, apply to veterans who received this pay dating back to Jan. 17, 1991, with taxes withheld, and who also qualified for disability...

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