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Pre-Discharge

The VA pre-discharge program, called Benefits Delivery at Discharge, allows Service members to file claims for disability compensation from 180 to 90 days prior to separation or retirement from active duty or full-time National Guard duty.  Claims processing times tend to be much shorter for claims submitted prior to discharge.   

It is important to submit your disability compensation claim as close to 180 days prior to discharge as possible.   This time is needed to complete your medical exam.  The in-service exam may increase the ability to establish service connection for your condition(s). 

To apply, visit the Benefits Delivery at Discharge page.  If you are overseas, visit the Overseas Intake Sites page.  You may also apply for other VA benefits prior to separation from service, such as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Education, and Loan Guaranty benefits.

Integrated Disability Evaluation System

The "Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) Examination" is used to determine a Service member's fitness for duty.  We work with the Department of Defense to make the disability evaluation process seamless, simple, fast, and fair.  If the Service member is found medically unfit for duty under IDES, a proposed VA disability rating is given before separation from service.  During this process, IDES participants may be entitled to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services.

Decision Ready Claims Program

If you’re a Service member who has less than 90 days remaining on active duty, the Decision Ready Claim (DRC) Program is the fastest way to get your VA claim processed. You can work with an accredited VSO to file a Pre-Discharge DRC for VA disability compensation. You cannot file a Pre-Discharge DRC if you are enrolled in the IDES Program. To see a full list of exclusions that would remove your Pre-Discharge claim from the DRC Program, go to www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/drc.asp.

You can also file your claim prior to discharge under the Fully Developed Claim program, the standard VA claims process, or any other qualifying VA claims program.  We encourage you to work with an accredited representative who can assist you with the claims process.

Additional Resources

The following are additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • Visit our Transition Assistance Program page for additional information, including resources for family and outreach activities for returning Service members.
  • There are numerous printable brochures that provide important information about VA benefits and services.  You can also check out our fact sheets for additional benefit information.
  • Visit DoDTAP and MilitaryOneSource for 24/7 access to helpful guides on pre-separation and transition, information on employment, education, relocation, benefits, and more.

 

 

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