Re: “Soldier can’t go forward, can’t go back” (TNT, 4-13).
I know all too well the delays that Sgt. Chris Peden is talking about. I am an Army Reserve soldier and have been in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) process since December 2011. When the Army and Veterans Affairs talk about processing times, they are talking about goal timelines. My case is at 825 days.
Reserve and National Guard soldiers have an even bigger problem than active-duty soldiers. We must prove that our injuries either happened during a period of active service of more than 30 days or …