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Direct deposit for your VA benefit payments

Learn about getting your VA benefit payments through direct deposit. If you don’t already have a bank account, the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP) can connect you with a bank that will work with you to set up an account. If you already have one, find out how to change your direct deposit information.

You can’t manage your direct deposit information online right now

We’re updating our systems for online direct deposit management. We expect to complete this work by Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

If you need to manage your direct deposit information for disability compensation, pension, or education benefits during this time, call us at 800-827-1000 (TTY: 711). We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

What’s direct deposit?

When you sign up for direct deposit, we transfer money electronically to your bank account on the day you get paid. You can choose to get your VA pension payments, disability compensation, and education payments through direct deposit. 

If you switch from getting paper checks to receiving your payment through direct deposit, you’ll get your payments faster because you won’t be waiting for your check to arrive by mail. You’ll also have access to the funds in your account right away. 

How do I add or change VA benefit direct deposit information online?

You can add or change your direct deposit information for VA disability compensation, pension benefits, or education benefits online. You’ll manage this information in your profile. 

Get step-by-step instructions for changing your direct deposit information online

How do I set up direct deposit for VA benefits by phone or in person?

Here’s how to set up direct deposit by phone:

  • Call us at 800-827-1000 (TTY: 711). We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET. 
  • For international direct deposit updates, call us at 918-781-7550. We’re here Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. 

To set up direct deposit in person, go to your nearest VA regional office.
Find your nearest VA regional office

Note: If you don’t have access to the internet or a phone, you can update your direct deposit information with the Direct Deposit Sign-Up Form (VA Form SF-1199a).

Get VA Form SF-1199a to download

Can I set up direct deposit for health care travel reimbursement?

Yes. You must set up direct deposit to receive your reimbursement payments.

Get instructions for how to set up direct deposit for travel pay reimbursement

What if I don’t have a bank account, but I want to use direct deposit?

The Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP) provides a list of Veteran-friendly banks and credit unions that will work with you to set up an account, or help you qualify for an account, so you can use direct deposit. 

To get started, call one of the participating banks or credit unions listed on the VBBP website. Be sure to mention the Veterans Benefits Banking Program.

Go to the VBBP website for more information

VA benefits

  • Disability

    File a claim for disability compensation for conditions related to your military service, and manage your benefits over time.

  • Pension

    Apply for monthly payments for wartime Veterans and survivors with limited or no income who meet certain age and disability requirements.

  • Education and training

    Apply for and manage your GI Bill and other education benefits to help pay for college and training programs.

Need more help?

MyVA411 main information line: 800-698-2411