Veteran Services

There are VA Benefits Advisors on Fairchild AFB. Please call 509-247-3760, or stop by the Education Center

Veterans Crisis Line
Ensures veterans in crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Call the Crisis Line number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veteran's Crisis Line

Learn about applying for benefits, managing benefits, and managing health

Explore VA
Easy-to-navigate page to find information on VA benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Extensive website includes Benefits booklet, and much more for veterans, their families and survivors

Disability Compensation:
There are different options to apply for VA Disability: 

  • The Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) Program requires service members to submit a claim 180-90 days prior to discharge and be available for an examination 45 days from the date of the claim submission. The goal is to ensure each service member receives a VA examination (while still in the service) and a rating decision PRIOR to discharge, as well as being awarded VA benefits the day after their military discharge
  • Pre-Discharge Decision Ready Claim. Must work through an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO)
  • Service members who do not meet the qualifications for BDD (less than 90 days to discharge or require a character of discharge determination) can still file a claim prior to discharge; however, the claim will not receive priority processing and will not be processed until the service member has been officially discharged
  • After Discharge -- Veteran may file a claim for disability at any time after discharge, and may also modify existing compensation
  • Transitioning service members may file a VA Claim for Disability on their own, with the assistance of a Veterans Center or with the assistance of a Veterans Service Organization (VSO); (if so, recommend you use a VA Accredited VSO)

Request your DD 214 or other military records

Veterans Service Organizations (VSO)
Serve a range of needs for veterans. Many are able to assist with filing a VA Claim for Disability. They may also advocate for veterans' rights and benefits, offer emergency financial assistance, insurance or scholarships, and a social setting for their members. Membership is generally not a requirement for assistance with filing a VA Claim for Disability

State Veterans Affairs Offices
The VA website maintains a link to Veterans Affairs Offices for each state and territory

Spokane Vet Center
13109 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley, WA; 509-444-8387

Spokane County Veterans Services
1102 W. College Ave, Spokane WA; 509-477-3690

Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)
The Physical Disability Board of Review (or PDBR) was implemented to ensure the accuracy and fairness of combined disability ratings of 20% or less assigned to service members who were discharged between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009

Coaching Into Care
Free and confidential coaching service to help callers discover new ways to talk with a Veteran in their life about their concerns and about treatment options


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