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Legacy Disability Evaluation System (LDES)

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A Disability Evaluation System (DES) process by which DOD determines whether eligible wounded, ill, or injured service members are fit for continued military service and determines appropriate benefits for service members who are separated or retired for disability. Service members processed through the LDES may also apply for veterans’ disability benefits through the VA Benefits Delivery at Discharge Program or upon attaining veteran status.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 1332.18: Disability Evaluation System (DES)

Related Glossary Terms:

Legacy Disability Evaluation System

Last Updated: January 24, 2023
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