The VA 21-534 Forms is a now-obsolete series of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documents that were completed by the deceased veteran's surviving spouse or child in order to apply for dependency and indemnity compensation, death pension, and/or accrued benefits. The forms are no longer in use, but the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program is still in full force.
Printable versions of the VA 21-534 Forms are available for download below. This series includes three forms:
The VA has various programs that provide services and benefits to veterans, their surviving spouses, dependents, or beneficiaries. One of them is the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation paid monthly to eligible surviving spouses and children. The federal government mandates a streamlined process that creates the system used for survivors of veterans and servicemembers. To claim compensation or pension benefits, it was required to complete and submit VA 21-534 Forms.
The first step was to submit VA Form 21-534EZ to provide the necessary evidence for the claim, including a copy of the veteran's death certificate, necessary net-worth and income information, private medical treatment records, etc. If the veteran's death occurred during active duty service, it was necessary to complete VA Form 21-534A, in all other cases VA Form 21-534 was used.