Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD)

If you’re a Servicemember with a disability, the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program can help you get your VA benefits sooner. Through this program, you can start your claim for disability benefits 60 to 180 days before:

  • Separation
  • Retirement
  • Release from active duty
  • Demobilization

Can I use the BDD program to get my disability benefits sooner?

You can use the BDD program if:

  • You’re a Servicemember on full-time active duty (including a member of the National Guard, Reserve, or Coast Guard), and
  • You have a known separation date, and
  • Your separation date is within the next 60 to 180 days

What kinds of disability benefits can I get?

Compensation (monthly payments)


How do I get these disability benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. When you apply, you’ll have to turn in your service treatment records. You’ll also need to finish all phases of the VA/DOD medical separation examination processes before your release from the military. Apply for benefits.

Exception: If you’re less than 60 days from separation, you can file a different kind of claim called a Quick Start claim. Learn more about Quick Start claims.

Get more information

If you’re on a military base or other installation, contact your local Transition Assistance Office or ACAP Center (Army only) to make an appointment to attend a VA benefits briefing. At this briefing, you’ll learn how to start your claim. You can also call us toll free at 800-827-1000.