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Veterans of the United States Uniformed Services may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Apply for disability compensation and other benefits for conditions related to your military service.
Health Care Benefits
Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.
Apply for and manage benefits that help you pay for college and training programs.
Find out if you qualify for a VA home loan. If you have a service-connected disability, find out if you qualify for a housing grant to help you live more independently.
Careers and Employment
Find out if you're eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, get support for your Veteran-owned small business, and access other resources to help build your career skills and find a job.
Explore VA life insurance options, manage your policy online, and file claims.
Apply for monthly pension benefits for wartime Veterans and survivors.
Burials and Memorials
Get help planning a burial or memorial service, and find out how to get survivor and dependent benefits.
Family and Caregiver Benefits
As the family member of a Servicemember or Veteran, find out if you qualify for benefits like health care, VA-backed home loans, life insurance, or money to help pay for college. If you’re caring for a Veteran with disabilities, find out if you can get added support.
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VA provides Veterans, Servicemembers,
and their families with $1.3 trillion in
insurance coverage each year. VA also
offers a variety of life insurance options
VA Benefits for Your Child
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits for the children of veterans:
(1) Education benefits
(2) Health care CHAMPVA
(3) Life insurance
(4) Memorial benefits
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1) Of course I'll respect you in the morning, darling.
2) The check is in the mail.
3) Hello, we're from the and we're here to help you.
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Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection
Temporary Total Disability Rating
38 U.S.C. 1151
Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing
Special Home Adaptation
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Change of Address
Military Records DD 214
Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)
Selective Service Records
Deceased Veteran's Claim Files
Individual Deceased Personnel File
A general list of other Federal agencies that
offer benefit programs and resources for
Service members, Veterans, and their families.
Veterans Legal Help Navigator
Welcome to the Veterans Legal Help Navigator. This online tool helps veterans' caseworkers and advocates across the country find the right fit legal help for veterans.
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Explore VA benefits and find out which ones you and
your family may be eligible to receive. It’s easy.
How to Apply
There are numerous ways to apply for VA disability benefits depending
on the type of benefit you are seeking:
Online using an eBenefits account
Complete and mail the VA Form 21-526EZ, “Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits,” and submit it with copies of your service treatment records to this address:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
Or, you can fax it to:
(844) 531-7818 (inside the U.S.)
(248) 524-4260 (outside the U.S.)
Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you.
To find the VA regional
office nearest you, use the Veterans Affairs National
Facilities Locator or call VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000.
Work with an accredited representative or agent
We also encourage you to become familiar with evidence requirements so you
have a complete understanding of not only VA's responsibility, but yours as well.
You're done! How hard was that?
You should soon hear from VA that they're working on your claim.
Shortly after you should be scheduled for a C & P exam.
Be patient, once these things happen your claim is being processed.
How To File A VA Claim
You DO NOT need any sort of "VA rep", VSO or anyone else to help you.
If you need help with forms, ask a family member.
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.
to determine what rating you may be eligible for.
Register for and familiarize yourself with eBenefits.
CAUTION: the eBenefits site doesn't always work well.
Use it only if you have confidence in your computer skills.
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.
You don't need to gather your VA health records.
Complete VA Form 21-526EZ
Tell VA exactly what you are claiming and tell them
the rating percentage you believe you've earned.
Fully Developed Claims
What Is a Fully Developed Claim?
The Fully Developed Claims (FDC) program is an optional initiative that offers Veterans and
survivors faster decisions from VA on compensation, pension, and survivor benefit claims.
Veterans and survivors simply submit all relevant records in their possession, and those records
which are easily obtainable, such as private medical records, at the time they make their claim and certify
that they have no further evidence to submit. VA can then review and process the claim more quickly.
Many Types of Claims
There are many types of claims for disability compensation. For example, if you're filing a VA claim for the very first time, you have an original claim. A reopened claimmeans you have new and material evidence and you want VA to reconsider a claim it once denied. There are also new claims, secondary claims, and special claims.
To learn more about which type of claim you may have and the evidence and forms you need with your submission, view the Claims and Evidence page. Your claim must meet all the applicable requirements listed to be considered for the FDC program.
Who Can File an FDC?
Veterans may file an FDC for disability compensation for the following reasons:
An injury, disability, or condition believed to have occurred or been aggravated by military service.
A condition caused or aggravated by an existing service-related condition.
Veterans and their families and survivors may also file pension or dependency and indemnity compensation (survivor) claims at these pages:
File an FDC: survivor benefits
File an FDC: pension
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Once You Complete Your Paperwork
Use certified mail ONLY to mail your
completed forms and evidence to:
The VA Claims Intake Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
We also recommend that you fax a complete
copy of everything you mailed to:
Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-531-7818
Send Your Documents,
Forms & Evidence here...
Use Certified Mail!!!
Education and Training
Regional Processing Offices
VA has three RPOs that handle GI Bill claims.
How to Use My HealtheVet
My HealtheVet is the VA's Personal Health Record.
It is designed for Veterans, Servicemembers, their caregivers and others. To use My HealtheVet, you will need a computer with Internet access...
What's your VA up to today?
If you aren't reading the
Federal Register, you may miss it.
VA Assistance to Veterans Who Are Severely Disabled
Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities may apply for grants to build an adapted home or install ramps, widen
doors, or make other modifications
to live more independently.
What Additional Benefits
Are YOU Eligible For?
VBA Derivative Benefits Eligibility
There are additional benefits that you may be eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.
These are known as derivatives.
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