Filing a Claim for VA Benefits

Filing a claim for VA benefits is simple in theory. You must complete an Application for Compensation (generally VA Form 21-526) or, if the claim is for a surviving spouse or child, by completing a VA Form 21-534. Attach a copy of the veterans DD214 and supporting military records, medical records and any other evidence that is relevant. Mail the completed application and records (retain a copy for your records) to the nearest VA Regional Office in your state.

See this list of VA Regional Offices.

NOTE: Applying for benefits can be confusing, however. The applications are long and complicated. Please contact our office for a free consultation if you have questions about filing a claim for VA benefits. We also welcome you to review our regularly updated free veterans disability resources, including FAQs about veterans disability compensation benefits.

Who Can Get Veterans Disability Benefits?

Veterans are eligible for VA benefits for various physical and mental medical conditions that affect your ability to work. Please learn more here about the many types of VA disability claims. There are also other types of VA and disability compensation that vets or their families can apply for, including Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) and other types of aid.

Not sure if you qualify? We welcome you to contact us with your questions.

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