The Veteran’s Administration disability program provides compensation for Veterans who have an illness or injury due to their military service. You may also be eligible for benefits if your military service caused a pre-existing condition to become worse.
In some cases, you may be able to apply for benefits before separation from the military.
Benefits Delivery at Discharge program
If you are still serving in the military, but are planning on leaving in 90 to 180 days and you have an illness or injury that your military service caused or made worse, you may be able to apply for disability benefits through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge program. Applying for your benefits now, instead of after you leave the military may help you receive your benefits faster.
Eligibility requirements for the BDD program
To qualify for the BDD program you must meet all of the requirements:
- Service member on full-time active duty
- Known separation date in the next 90 to 180 days
- Can get a VA exam within 45 days of the date you submit your claim
- Can provide a copy of your service treatment records for the period of service you are filing your claim
However, if your claim requires special handling, such as claims involving case management for serious illness or injury, terminal illnesses or pregnancy, you can not use the BDD program.
In addition to disability benefits, you may also apply for education, housing assistance and Veteran Readiness and Employment benefits before discharge. If you meet the eligibility requirements, filing early may help shorten the gap between when you stop receiving your active duty pay and begin receiving your disability compensation.