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Thank you for the information and your question. Unfortunately, effective dates for VA compensation based on a service-connected determination are set in statute. The effective date in most cases that involve claims filed after 1 year from separation is the date VA receives a claim or the date entitlement arose, whichever is later.
That means there is no exception built into statute for other situations, such as what you described. The date of your claim, in this case, would be your effective date unless you were filing within 1 year of your discharge. In that case, it would be the day following separation. You can see the VA's discussion of the law at the following link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/effective_dates.asp
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