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The Pre-Discharge Program for Disability Compensation

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The Pre-Discharge Program is a joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense program that affords service members the opportunity to file claims for disability compensation up to 180 days prior to separation or retirement from active duty or full time National Guard or Reserve duty (Titles 10 and 32). Processing times tend to be much shorter for claims submitted before discharge than after discharge.

There are three different ways you can apply for disabilty compensation under the Pre-Discharge Program:

While in the Pre-Discharge Program, members may also apply for other VA benefits, such as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Education, and Loan Guaranty.

Visit the VA Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF) homepage for additional information, including resources for family and outreach activities, for returning service members.

VA Benefits in Brief is a printable document that provides an at-a-glance description of VA benefits, as well as contact phone numbers and locations.

Be sure to visit or for 24/7 access to helpful guides on pre-separation and transition, information on employment, education, relocation, benefits, and more.

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