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File a Pre-discharge Claim While Overseas

You can file a disability claim through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program while you’re stationed overseas. You’ll need to make sure you have enough time to finish your medical exam in the country where you’re located, which may include visits to specialty clinics.

In Germany

You can get in touch with the Landstuhl BDD office:

  • By phone at DSN 590-8200 (or commercial 06371-9464-8200), or
  • By email at GermanyBDD.vbapit@va.gov, or
  • In person by going to the office located in building 3724 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. It’s open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You don’t need an appointment.

To complete the process, you’ll need to:

  • Have a copy of your service treatment records for your most recent service period, and
  • Be available for 45 days from the date you apply for a VA medical exam, and
  • Have enough time in-country to finish the medical exam, which may involve visits to several specialty clinics

In Korea

You can get in touch with the Yongsan BDD office:

  • By phone at DSN 738-5121 (or commercial 02-7918-5121), or
  • In person by going to the office located in building 4037 on Yongsan South Post, next door to the 1st Replacement Company (1RC). It’s open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You don’t need an appointment.

VA staff are also available at the Osan Air Base on the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact the Airman Family and Readiness Center at DSN 784-5440 for location information.

To complete the process, you’ll need to:

  • Have a copy of your service treatment records for your most recent service period, and
  • Be available for 45 days from the date you apply for a VA medical exam, and
  • Have enough time in-country to finish the medical exam, which may involve visits to several specialty clinics

In Europe, Africa, or the Middle East

If you’re stationed outside the Kaiserslautern Military Community, you can file a pre-discharge claim through the BDD’s “Fly-in” claim process. You can apply by fax or email before your in-person appointment. Follow these steps to use the Fly-in claim process:

  1. Contact the Landstuhl BDD office to ask what information and forms you need. You can contact the office by:

  2. Fill out and return your application as directed.

  3. Look for an email from a BDD officer. The officer will contact you to schedule an exam at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and to let you know what information and evidence (supporting documents like doctor’s reports and medical test results) you’ll need to support your claim.

  4. Contact the clinics at LRMC to schedule your exams.

  5. Arrange your travel, and get your command’s approval to make the trip. Be sure to schedule enough time to complete the medical exam in the country where you’re located.

  6. Bring a copy of your service treatment records when you report for your exams. It’s very important to remember these records because we can’t process your BDD claim without them. The copy you turn in won’t be returned.

Get service information for the Landstuhl BDD office.