How to file a VA benefits claim:
- You must first complete an Application for Compensation (VA From 21-526). If the claim is for a surviving spouse or child, complete a VA Form 21-534.
- Attach a copy of the veterans DD214 and any supporting military records, medical records and any other evidence that is relevant.
- Mail the completed application and records (remember to retain a copy for your records) to the nearest VA Regional Office for your state.
Once you send in your application to the VA, they will send you a letter with important information about what you must send for the VA to grant your claim. The letter might also have more forms for you to fill out. Some of the most important information in this process is your medical records — you’ll likely need to sign forms so the VA can gain access to relevant records. It is best for you to fill out any forms and send in as much of the information that you can within a month of receiving this letter from the Veterans’ Affairs office.
You can learn more here about who qualifies for veterans’ disability compensation and who qualifies for the Veterans Pension Program.
NOTE: Applying for benefits can be confusing. The applications are long and complicated. If you need assistance with a VA benefits claim, we can answer your questions. Call Bosley & Bratch at (800) 953-6224 or complete our free veterans benefits case evaluation form.