Policies

Included in this section are a number of Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs instructions, manuals, and memorandums that the Office of Warrior Care Policy abides by in order to best support wounded, ill, and/or injured Service members. Please click on each of the following PDF documents to learn more about each of these policies.

BENEFITS POLICY

Image of the Department of Defense Instruction containing information on the Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) ProgramDepartment of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Program This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and implements the statutory authority for payment of SCAADL to eligible members.

 

 

Cover image for policy clarification regarding Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living benefitDepartment of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Program Policy Clarification Effective 8/29/17, this policy clarification clarifies the application of paragraphs 3.e.(2) and 3.e.(3) in DoDI 1341.12 regarding when SCAADL is not paid.

 

 

Image of the Department of Defense Manual containing information on the Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) ProcessDepartment of Defense Instruction (DoDM) 1341.12: Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) Process This manual implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for managing the DoD SCAADL Program in accordance with DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1341.12.

 

CARE COORDINATION POLICY

Image of the Department of Defense Instruction containing Guidance on the Use of Service Dogs by Service MembersDepartment of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1300.27: Guidance on the Use of Service Dogs by Service Members In accordance with the authority of DoD Directive 5124.02, this instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the use of service dogs by Service members.

 

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1300.25: Guidance for the Education and Employment Initiative (E21) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for development and implementation of the DoD E2I and OWF in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5124.02, section 1611 of Public Law 110-181, sections 1142-1144 of title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.) and section 8111 of title 38, U.S.C.

Image of the Department of Defense Instruction for the Recovery Coordination ProgramDepartment of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1300.24: Recovery Coordination Program (RCP) This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes uniform guidelines, procedures, and standards for improvements to the care, management, and transition of recovering Service members (RSMs) across the Military Departments.

 

Image of the Memorandum of Understanding between the V-A and D-O-D for I-C-3 Processes

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense: Interagency Complex Care Coordination Requirements for Service Members and Veterans This MOU sets forth a common operational model and responsibilities to be adhered to by the VA and DoD Parties to support the VA/DoD Interagency Care Coordination Committee (IC3) processes.

 

Image of the Memorandum of Understanding between the D-O-D and V-A for Recovery Care Coordination Processes

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Defense and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), System of Record for Non-Clinical Care Coordination: Recovery Care Program Support Solution This MOU establishes guidelines for electronic transfer and synchronization of non-clinical case management data in support of severely wounded, ill and injured Service members and Veterans.

 

DISABILITY EVALUATION SYSTEM POLICY

Downloadable PDF of the Disability Evaluation System (DES) Instruction

Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1332.18: The Disability Evaluation System This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for referral, evaluation, return to duty, separation, or retirement of Service members for disability in accordance with Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.).

 

Downloadable PDF of the Disability Evaluation System (DES) Manual: General Information and Legacy Disability Evaluation System (LDES) Time Standards, Volume 1

Department of Defense Manual (DoDM) 1332.18, Volume 1: General Information and Legacy Disability Evaluation System (LDES) Time Standards This volume of the DES Manual assigns general responsibilities and provides general procedures for using the LDES process to refer, evaluate, return to duty, separate, or retire Service members for disability.

 

Downloadable PDF of the Disability Evaluation System (DES) Manual: Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES), Volume 2

Department of Defense Manual (DoDM) 1332.18, Volume 2: Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) This volume of the DES Manual implements policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for using the IDES process to refer, evaluate, and return to duty, separate, or retire Service members for disability pursuant to Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.).

 

Downloadable PDF of the Disability Evaluation System (DES) Manual: Quality Assurance Program (QAP), Volume 3

Department of Defense Manual (DoDM) 1332.18, Volume 3: Quality Assurance Program This volume of the DES Manual implements policy, assigns responsibilities and procedures for the DES QAP pursuant to section 524 of Public Law 112-239. It also incorporates and cancels the interim guidance in the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs’ (ASD(HA)) Memorandum.

 

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES POLICY

Image of the Memorandum of Understanding for VR&E ServicesMemorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Services  This MOU is expressly undertaken for the purpose of providing Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment services at the earliest opportunity to active duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders).