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Predischarge Claim

Your disability claim may be processed faster if you file it as you get ready to leave the military. Processing times tend to be faster for claims submitted before separation than for those submitted after separation.

If you are in predischarge status, you may file a claim for disability compensation up to 180 days prior to separation or retirement from active duty or release from full-time Reserve or National Guard periods of duty.

If you are between 60 and 180 days from separation, you can begin the Benefit Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program. Between 1 and 59 days before separation, you can initiate the Quick Start claim.

If you are stationed overseas, you can go to an intake site in Korea or Germany.

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Please note: Content on this Web page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal advice or to be a comprehensive statement or analysis of applicable statutes, regulations, and case law governing this topic. Rather, it’s a plain-language summary. If you are seeking claims assistance, your local VA regional office, a VA-recognized Veterans Service Organization, or a VA-accredited attorney or agent can help. Search Accredited Attorneys, Claims Agents, or Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) Representatives.