In a perfect world, it would be a seamless transition.
Severely wounded troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and discharged from the service would be able to get medical care and disability compensation payments—and a full range of benefits—from the Department of Veterans Affairs immediately. Red tape would be minimal. Counselors would help servicemembers cope with the paperwork and arrange for appointments. The veterans' military medical records would be waiting at VA facilities when they got there. Help for families would be readily available. Ideally, the entire transition would take no more than a month.