Are you a Service member separating, retiring or deactivating? Do you have injuries or illnesses attributed to your service?
You may only need one separation medical examination!
The Separation Health Assessment (SHA) is a single separation examination which supports both the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation process and the Department of Defense (DoD) separation/retirement process.
The SHA makes current health information accessible to both VA and DoD.
NOTE: Part A provides your examiner helpful details, such as identification, contact, personal, health & wellness and occupational information to ensure your exam is as 2 accurate and thorough as possible.
The SHA provides a complete medical evaluation at separation, which:
To file a BDD claim for VA disability compensation, you should:
For detailed information on how to apply for BDD, view our Benefits Delivery at Discharge Fact Sheet at: https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets.asp
If you are not filing a claim for VA disability compensation or have less than 90 days until discharge or retirement, contact your nearest Military Treatment Facility who will conduct your examination.
A completed Part A is also required as part of a referral into the IDES program. Your assigned VA Military Services Coordinator will assist you in filing a VA disability compensation claim as part of your IDES claim and request the needed VA 3 examinations for your Clinical Assessment. Detailed IDES information can be found on our VA Benefits for Service Members Considered for Medical Discharge Fact Sheet at: https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets.asp
Q: Can I submit a VA disability claim while still on active duty?
A: Yes. The BDD Program allows you to submit a claim 180 to 90 days prior to separation or retirement. View our BDD Fact Sheet at https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets.asp
Q: What if I need to file a disability claim but have less than 90 days left on active duty?
A: You cannot file a BDD claim, but you can still submit a claim prior to separation. The claim will be processed through the traditional process. Visit the fully developed claim program web page at https://go.usa.gov/xSKexQ: How do I file a VA disability claim in general?
You will need to submit a copy of your STRs and any previous treatment records not associated with TRICARE referrals.
You should receive details on eligibility and requirements during your Transition Assistance Program briefing.
For more VA benefits information, call 800-827-1000 or visit https://www.va.gov/