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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
How hard was that?