Veterans¿ Disability Benefits: Better Accountability and Access Would Improve the Benefits Delivery at Discharge Program

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DIANE Publishing, 2009 - Disability evaluation - 54 pages
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Recent military conflicts have increased interest in federal efforts to support servicemembers preparing to leave military service. Through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program, the VA, in collaboration with the DoD, has made efforts to streamline access to veterans' disability benefits by allowing some servicemembers to file a claim and obtain a single exam prior to discharge. This report examines VA's efforts to manage the BDD program and how VA and DoD are addressing challenges servicemembers face in accessing BDD. To address these objectives, the auditor analyzed relevant documents and data, interviewed officials, and conducted site visits and interviews at selected military bases. Includes recommendations. Illus.

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