Pre-Discharge Claims

It is to your advantage to submit your disability compensation claim prior to separation, retirement, or release from active duty. Processing times tend to be shorter for claims submitted pre-discharge than after discharge.

Pre-discharge programs provide service members with 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).

If you're considering a pre-discharge claim, you can learn more about the process here.  We also encourage you to contact one of our Veteran Service Officers for advice on how and when to file a claim.