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The Ultimate Guide to the 7 Most Common VA Forms for Veterans

The Ultimate Guide to the 7 Most Common VA Forms for Veterans
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Being well-versed in the 7 most common VA forms is crucial for veterans seeking benefits and compensation. This guide aims to demystify these forms, their significance, and the proper procedures for filling them out.

1. VA Form 21-526EZ: Application for VA Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits

  • Purpose: Used for filing claims related to VA disability compensation and benefits.
  • When to Use: New claims, increased rating claims, or service connection claims.
  • Submission Options:
    • Online submission
    • In person at the nearest VA Regional Office
    • Through a legal representative (VSO accredited agent or attorney)
    • Mail to: Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444

2. VA Form 20-0995: Supplemental Claim Application

  • Purpose: Appeals a denied disability claim by submitting new and relevant evidence.
  • Submission Options:
    • Online submission
    • In person at a VA regional office
    • Through a legal representative
    • Mail to (based on benefit type): Compensation: Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444 Pension/Survivor Benefits: Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center PO Box 5365 Janesville, WI 53547-5365

3. VA Form 21-8940: Veterans’ Application for Increased Compensation Based on Unemployability (TDIU)

  • Purpose: Applied by veterans unable to work due to a service-connected disability, seeking increased compensation.
  • Usage: Determining appeals and claims for Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
  • Submission: Mail to: Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444

4. VA Form 20-0996: Higher-Level Review Form

  • Purpose: Requests a higher-level reviewer to review a claim decision with no new evidence allowed.
  • Submission Options:
    • Online submission
    • In person at a VA regional office
    • Through a legal representative
    • Mail to: Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444

5. VA Form 10182: Decision Review Request

  • Purpose: Appeals a case to the Board of Veterans Appeals, specifying issues, and selecting the review method.
  • Submission Options:
    • Online submission
    • In person at a VA regional office
    • Mail to: Board of Veterans’ Appeals PO Box 27063 Washington, DC 20038

6. VA Form 21-4138: Statement in Support of Claim

  • Purpose: Provides a personal statement supporting a VA disability claim, aiding in establishing service connection.
  • Submission Options:
    • Online submission
    • In person at a VA regional office
    • Mail to: Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444

7. VA Form 21-686C: Declaration Application Request to Add or Remove Dependents

  • Purpose: Submits a claim for additional benefits for a dependent, adding or removing dependents.
  • Submission Options:
    • Online submission
    • In person at a VA regional office
    • Mail to: Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444

Properly completing and submitting these forms is crucial for veterans to secure the benefits they deserve. Whether online or by mail, ensuring accuracy and completeness is key to a smooth claims process.

 

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