If you are retiring or separating from the military and you may be eligible for disability compensation, you may file for benefits prior to your discharge. Doing so expedites the disability claims process so you will want to file 3-6 months before you are scheduled to be discharged. The sooner you file, the better, so don’t wait until the day before you are bound for home to file this paperwork.
The VA’s Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program aims to deliver benefits within 60 days you are released from service, if you have filed a valid disability claim 60-180 days prior to separation. You will need to complete a medical examination process, which may require multiple exams if your claimed injury is complex.
If you are within 60 days of separation but still want to file a claim, you can submit a “Quick Start” claim with the VA. Call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 to learn more about Quick Start.
To get started, download VA Form 21-526 and mail it in to the VA, or complete an online application for benefits. You may also call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 to have the form mailed to you.
If you’re disabled vet and need assistance with your VA disability claim, contact the disability rights law firm of Veterans Help Group.