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The following Department of Defense reports may be of assistance to wounded warrior care program service providers in the military. These reports are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and require Acrobat Reader 4.0 or later. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe Acrobat Reader website at no charge.

Care Coordination

Report to Congress on the Comprehensive Policy Improvements to the Care, Management and Transition of Recovering Service Members This report summarizes the development of a comprehensive policy by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs that addresses the care, management, and transition of recovering service members, as directed by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008.

Disability Evaluation System

Assessment of Consolidation of Disability Evaluation Systems This report summarizes the status of the ongoing Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Senior Oversight Committee (SOC) effort to jointly develop and test an improved Disability Evaluation System (DES) process that consolidates the Departments' disability systems to the degree allowed by current law. It also includes information on how this overall joint effort addresses the specific requirements of Section 1612(c) of the NDAA for FY08 regarding the feasibility and advisability of consolidating the disability evaluation  systems.

Pilot Initial Report This report is intended to satisfy the report requirements of Section 1644(g)(1) of the NDAA and the House Appropriations Committee Report 110-279 (page 401) which requests the Department to comment on DES consolidation and standardization.

Initial Report on Army Action Plan in Response to Deficiencies in the Army PDES This report summarizes the implementation of corrective measures by the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army with respect to the Physical Disability Evaluation System (PDES) as required by Section 1645 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08 NDAA).

Disability Advisory Council (DAC) Charter this revised Charter continues the DoD Disability Advisory Council (DAC), which shall continue to operate under the policy coordinating guidance of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

Assessments of Continuing Utility and Future Role of the Temporary Disability Retired List This report provides a statistical analysis of the administration of the TDRL since January 1, 2000; summarizes analysis conducted on the current utility and administration of the TDRL; and provides analysis on how the TDRL factors into changes currently being piloted in the Disability Evaluation System, as well as how that role may change in the face of future changes currently being considered by DoD.

Pilot Interim Report This report summarizes the status of the ongoing Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) effort to develop jointly and test an improved Disability Evaluation System (DES) process consistent with Section 1644 of the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. The Pilot is the integration of the DoD and VA disability systems.

Report on Reduction in Disability Ratings by the Department of Defense This report conveys the results of an extensive review of all PEB cases finalized during the period of Congressional interest. The report identifies the number of cases where the final disability rating was reduced after the informal physical evaluation board and identifies the reasons for the downgrades.

Final Report on Army Action Plan in Response to Deficiencies in the Army PDES This final report summarizes the corrective measures that pertain to recommendations for improvements to the Disability Evaluation System included in the following three reports: Independent Review Group on Rehabilitation Care and Administrative Processes at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center; Department of Veterans Affairs Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes; and the Department of the Army Inspector General Report on the Army Physical Disability Evaluation System Inspection and Follow-up Actions.



Man in uniform holding head in hands Combat-stress reactions are natural responses of the body and brain to the extreme stress of combat. Sometimes a threat is so prolonged or intense that it causes what is called a "stress injury." In these cases, the body and brain continue to maintain that state of high alert long after the danger has passed. This is not a matter of weakness. Many exceptionally strong service members are affected. The following information will help you understand combat stress and where to get help if you need it.

Woman with senior in wheelchair So you've accomplished the difficult task of making a move after an injury, and now it's time to settle in. Odds are your new daily routine won't mirror the one you had before your loved one's injury. Creating new plans and adjusting family roles in day-to-day life will probably be necessary. Here are some tips to help you create a new routine for your family so everyone feels valued and supported.

Flower on lilypads This two-hour webinar will explore current research findings linked to burnout and wellness for mental health clinicians. The presentation will include burnout prevention and wellness strategies used to promote a more mindful work-life balance. Continuing education units are available.




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