13 Sep '17, 1pm

VA changes mean troops will have less time to claim disability pay before leaving the military

VA changes mean troops will have less time to claim disability pay before leaving the military

Servicemembers will have less time to claim disability compensation before leaving the military but should get benefits faster under changes being made by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Starting Oct. 1, troops who want to resolve disability claims before leaving the military must enroll in the “Benefits Delivery at Discharge” program 90 days from separation rather than the current 60 days, the VA announced this month. Quick Start, a program launched in 2008 that allows troops with 59 or fewer days left to begin their claims process, will also end, the VA office at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, told Stars and Stripes this week. “The VA’s goal is to process disability claims for those leaving active duty so they have a decision on their claim the day after they leave,” manager Thomas Gwaltney said. Late-filed claims mean veterans will be waiting an average of 90 days a...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/va-to-shorten-benefit-enroll...

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