What is the Medical Evaluation Board Process?
Formerly, the Services and the VA Considered Disability Separately
If you are confused with the acronyms IDES, MEB, PEB, DBQs, C&P Exams, VASRD, PEBLOs, MSCs NARSUMs, SMEBCs, and VARRs, you are not alone. So what is an MEB anyway? Colloquially, servicemembers refer to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) as an MEB. That common name comes from the fact that the IDES system was formerly two different systems. The Army/Navy/Air Force used one disability evaluation system and the Veterans Administration used a different system. The Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) served, and continues to serve, as the military services’ evaluation system . But now, the services and the VA work together; though sometimes they work together with the type of inter-service rivalries we know and love as servicemembers. Continue reading “MEB, PEB, IDES…and the Alphabet Soup of Medical Discharges (Part 1 of 4)”