WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army News Service) -- Secretary of the
Army Pete Geren and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake
signed a mutual support agreement, Feb. 12, outlining continued
assistance to servicemembers and their families transitioning through
the military Disability Evaluation System.
The document formalized an understanding that has already been
providing care to wounded, ill and injured servicemembers in the
Disability Evaluation System.
"By providing VA support to Soldiers, this agreement
formalizes a resource that will help them get the health care and
benefits they earned with their service," Geren said. "We
must look at our policies through the eyes of our Soldiers and their
families, as we have done in developing this agreement."
"Today's agreement reaffirms VA's commitment with the Army
to provide the care and benefits our veterans deserve," said
Peake. "We share a duty to do what's right for our Soldiers and
Under the agreement, the Army will continue providing nurse
case managers, legal assistance, physical evaluation board liaison
officers, chain of command, primary care managers and other
service-specific support. Soldiers also may call the Wounded Soldier
and Family Hotline at (800) 984-8523
(overseas DSN 312-328-0002) or e-mail: email@example.com.
VA service representatives will continue providing information
and advice regarding how medical evidence is used in the evaluation of
disabilities under the Department of Veterans Affairs Schedule for
A listing of veterans' service organizations recognized by VA
to help with VA benefits claims can be found at the Web site http://www.va.gov.