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How To File A Veterans Disability Benefit Claim



How To File A VA Claim


You DO NOT need any sort of "VA rep", VSO or anyone else to help you.

You are not allowed to use a lawyer unless you're appealing a denied claim.

Filing a disability benefits claim isn't difficult...you CAN DIY.

Take your time.

Follow the instructions.

Be brief, be precise.

You can file electronically or using mail and fax.


The only claim we guarantee that you'll lose

is the claim that you didn't file.


Register for and familiarize yourself with eBenefits.

Complete and file the VA Form 21-0966
​Intent To File a Claim For Compensation, Pension,  Survivors Pension, Or Other Benefits
This will set the effective date of your claim. Retroactive benefits will be paid to this date.
Now you have one year to complete the details of the claim.

Gather your records for your own use.
If there are civilian medical records, get those yourself. Do not rely on VA to get them for you.
If you only have VA medical records, they will be accessible to the raters.
Military records and DD-214 replacements are here.

Get your records (evidence) organized.
Make copies, collate them in good order. If you plan to

upload them on-line, start scanning.

File the claim
The only claim we can guarantee that you will not win is the claim you didn't file.

You've had up to one year to complete the steps above. It's time to formally file
VA benefits. We recommend that you use the 
electronic claims forms available on line at eBenefits.

You are allowed to download and print forms.
You may mail forms and all your records/evidence to:


The VA Claims Intake Center 
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI  53547-5235


Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246

You're done! 
How hard was that?​



Things You'll Need













VA Form 21-526EZ

File A Claim
For...
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability Compensation

Temporary Total Disability Rating
 Individual Unemployability
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
 Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing

Special Home Adaptation

Automobile Allowance/Adaptive Equipment
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child


VA Form 21-0958 - NOD
​Notice of Disagreement


VA Form 21-534 EZ
Application for DIC, Death Pension

Change of Address​

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140


Declaration of Status
of Dependents
VA form 21-686c


How To Apply For SSDI


The Schedule For Rating Disabilities


How To Apply For TDIU Unemployability


Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ's) 


How To Apply For A Disability Rating


How To Apply For An Increase


Military Personnel Records


Mail your forms, documents

and evidence here...

Department of Veterans Affairs

Claims Intake Center

PO Box 5235

Janesville, WI 53547-5235


Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246

We recommend that you mail a copy

and then fax a copy! Yes, it's twice the

work but maybe VA will only lose one

and the other will be processed.

Remember: Use Certified Mail!


The Veterans Law Library


U.S. Medicine


Veterans Benefits Administration
Fact Sheets


Benefits.gov

The M21-1MR


The CFR


TDIU


SMC


Veterans Benefits Administration

Benefit Brochures






vets.gov


va.gov


evet


ebenefits





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Resources

VA’s Airborne Hazards and

Open Burn Pit Registry for

Veterans and Servicemembers

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)


Your VA Claim
If you haven't figured it out by now,
it's time to realize you're involved in a giant paper shuffle
and this IS NOT a spectator sport.
Put down your gun
and pick up your keyboard.
The battlefield has changed.

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