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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.



Domestic Violence Awareness Month infonet ad Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or DVAM, is observed each October to raise community awareness and highlight Department of Defense, or DoD, and civilian resources available to build healthy relationships, support victims and children, and promote offender accountability. The Family Advocacy Program, or FAP, is DoD's lead agency and part of the coordinated community response to domestic violence in the military. Check out this toolkit to learn more.

Volunteer holding "I Voted" sticker When you leave active duty, take a few simple steps to notify your local election officials of your change of status. Fill out a National Voter Registration Form to register as a civilian in your new voting location. Don't let your vote get lost in transition!

What to Say When a Loved One is Wounded: Coaching Kids to Talk to Their Peers  When a loved one is wounded, it can be hard enough for children to accept, but it can be especially difficult to talk about with their friends. Keeping open lines of communication at home is key. Kids' actions and reactions may mirror those of the adults around them, so establishing a level of comfort surrounding the injury and the changes it brings is important. Find out more here.




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