Table of Contents

Cover.
Reviewers.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Contents.
Tables44; Figures44; and Boxes.
Abbreviations and Acronyms.
SUMMARY.
1 INTRODUCTION.
Project Background.
Brief Overview of the Veterans Disability Compensation Program.
References.
2 VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE 21st CENTURY.
The Veteran Population.
The Population of Veterans with Disabilities.
Recent Trends.
Veterans of the Wars in and Around Afghanistan and Iraq.
Conclusion.
References.
Chapter 2 Appendix Tables.
3 IMPAIRMENT44; DISABILITY44; AND QUALITY OF LIFE.
A Model of Disability and Definitions.
The Relationships Among the Concepts in the Disability Model.
Purpose of Service45;Connected Disability Compensation.
Findings and Recommendations.
References.
4 THE RATING SCHEDULE.
History.
The Current Rating Schedule.
Findings and Recommendations.
Implementation and Cost Issues.
References.
Chapter 4 Appendix Table.
5 THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND DISABILITY RATING PROCESS.
Organization of the Veterans Benefits Administration.
Medical Evaluation Process.
The Disability Rating Process.
Appeal Process.
Disability Claims Process Issues58; Timeliness44; Accuracy44; and Consistency.
Findings and Recommendations.
References.
6 MEDICAL CRITERIA FOR ANCILLARY BENEFITS.
Introduction.
Ancillary Benefits.
Task Force on Returning Global War on Terror Heroes.
Issues.
Findings and Recommendations.
References.
7 INDIVIDUAL UNEMPLOYABILITY.
Background.
Definition of Individual Unemployability.
Origin and History of Individual Unemployability.
Procedures for Determining Individual Unemployability.
VAs Proposal to Revise and Codify the Individual Unemployability Regulations.
Current Status of Individual Unemployability58; Growth and Controversy.
Consistency in Individual Unemployability Decision Making.
VA Responses.
Findings and Recommendations.
References.
8 OTHER DIAGNOSTIC CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS AND RATING SCHEDULES.
Alternative Diagnostic Classification Codes.
The AMA Guides58; An Alternative Rating Schedule63;.
Findings and Conclusions.
References.
9 SERVICE CONNECTION ON AGGRAVATION AND SECONDARY BASES.
Compensation for Aggravation of Preservice Disability Claims.
Compensation for Secondary Service Connection and for Secondary Service Connection by Aggravation.
Findings and Recommendations.
References.
10 CONCLUSION58; INTO THE 21st CENTURY.
Need for Analysis and Planning.
Program45;Oriented Research.
Veteran45;Centered Services.
APPENDIXES.
A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS44;CONSULTANTS44; AND STAFF.
B COMMITTEE CHARGE.
C THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IMPAIRMENTS AND EARNINGS LOSSES IN MULTICONDITIONAL STUDIES.
Conceptual Framework.
The 1987 Study of the Wisconsin Workers Compensation Program.
A Current Study of the California Workers Compensation Program.
The 1971 Report on the Economic Validation of the [VA] Rating Schedule Study.
Conclusions.
References.
D THE ROLE OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN SELECTED DISABILITY BENEFIT PROGRAMS.
Veterans Disability Compensation.
SSDI and SSI Disability.
Disability Retirement from the U46;S46; Military.
Federal Civilian Disability Retirement Under CSRS or FERS.
Benefits Under FECA.
E DI.