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How To File A Claim For VA Disability (and many other) Benefits

How to Apply
Compensation


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​


We are a DIY site.


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.

Use The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

to determine what rating you may be eligible for.

You should use the same language that VA uses to describe your illness or injury.

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.

We also recommend that you fax a complete copy of everything you mailed to:
Toll Free FAX Janesville

844-531-7818

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 claim means 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

You must complete and deliver that form above or nothing happens. You can talk to people for weeks and until you file that form, all you're doing is spinning your wheels. You can download and print the form and mail it in or fax it or you can find it on the VA eBenefits site and complete it on-line and submit it there.

​I prefer the old-school way...print the form (VA will give you one if you ask) and mail it in using certified mail. Keep a copy, get the certified receipt and you know it's done.

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


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