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Never filed for compensation. How do I file a claim for VA disability compensation?

Published 05/08/2006 10:14 AM   |    Updated 07/19/2012 02:49 PM
Never filed for compensation. How do I file a claim for VA disability compensation?

You can file an original claim for compensation online by going to VA's forms on line at : http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp.

You may also obtain a copy of the claim form by going to VA's forms download web site at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/.
Where it asks for the form number, type in "526" for VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and Pension. The form has multiple parts. Make sure you download all the parts.

In addition to the completed application form, VA may need a copy of your discharge paper, military medical records, and current medical evidence to support your claim. Your application and supporting information should be submitted directly to your VA regional office. Make sure your name and claim number (Social Security Number) are included on all documentation submitted. You can find the address for the regional office at: http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/division_flsh.asp?isFlash=1&dnum=3 .

For all current information about compensation and pension, eligiblity, payment rates,applications, etc., go to http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/  and click on the applicable links.