VA Claims & Separation Benefits
As the largest organization of combat veterans, we understand the frustrations that can arise when transitioning out of the military or filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The claims process can be confusing and one that service members and veterans shouldn't try to navigate alone. That's why the VFW's National Veterans Service (NVS) was established to help all veterans, service members and their families.
NVS consists of a nationwide network of VA accredited service officers and Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) representatives who are experts in dealing with the VA and are the key to your success. Our cadre of highly-trained and professional advocates help veterans cut through bureaucratic red tape. In 2016 alone, VA reports veterans represented by the VFW received more than $7.2 billion in earned benefits.
VFW Service Officers are trained experts, helping veterans develop their case with ease by reviewing and applying current law, pertinent legislation, regulations and medical histories. As skilled professionals, we assist in filing for disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pension and death benefits, and employment and training programs. Furthermore, we won’t hesitate to request hearings before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals to present oral arguments when needed.
VFW Service Officers are with America's veterans every step of the way once they're ready to file a claim. This is a service the VFW is proud to offer--free of charge--to anyone seeking assistance with the claims process.
Learn more about Veterans Affairs benefits and what to expect after you file a claim.
Benefits Delivery at Discharge
In 2001, through a cooperative initiative with the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program was established. This program ensures separating and retiring active-duty military personnel receive assistance in obtaining their VA entitlements and benefits upon discharge.
Our BDD representatives guide military personnel through the veterans claims process and conduct physical examinations prior to their separation from active-duty. They are also ready to answer questions about education and medical benefits, as well as VA home loans.
Our BDD offices are located on or near major military installations across the country. If you are within 180 days of discharge, you can contact a VFW BDD representative to get the process underway. Here's an easy checklist of what you should bring to your appointment and more information on what to expect at a compensation and pension exam.