Department of Veterans Affairs Forms
VA forms issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs play a crucial role in transitioning into civilian life after military service. Whether it's accessing VA benefits, applying for the Veterans Identification Card (VIC), amending military records or post-service employment, Veterans Administration forms are an essential part of a retiree’s paperwork.
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United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the fifteen federal executive departments of the United States and governs what is known to be the most comprehensive system of Veterans assistance in the world. The Department was established in 1930 as an exclusively Veteran-focused organization and became a cabinet-level agency in 1989.
The main function of the VA is to support Veterans after their retirement from military duty. Several primary goals include providing benefit and support and preventing Veterans’ homelessness and unemployment. The Department is lead by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate and has three sub-administrations within its structure:
- The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is responsible for biomedical research and providing various healthcare to retired military personnel.
- The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of services including pensions, disability compensation, home loans, insurance as well as educational, burial and compensation benefits.
- The National Cemetery Administration provides burial benefits, memorial services, and maintains VA cemeteries.
You can contact the Department of Veterans Affairs through their toll-free White House VA Hotline at 1-855-948-2311 or by calling the Vets.gov Help Desk service at 1-855-574-7286. The main headquarters of the VA is located at 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, D.C. 20420.
This form is used to supplement the veteran's records by documenting discussions between the VA employees and their claimants or representatives. VA Form 21-0820 (Report of General Information) is the old version of this document.
This document explains how to start an appeal with the aid of a Notice of Disagreement. If the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was not able to grant some or all of the VA benefits, a veteran, a Veterans Service Organization representative, an attorney-in-law, or an «agent» can begin an appeal process.
This is a request for and consent to release information. The execution of this form does not authorize the release of information other than the information specifically indicated in the form.
This document describes an appeal process on a contested claim. A contested claim exists when two persons file a claim for the same benefit and/or allege to be a veteran's surviving spouse or parent.
Use this form if you are a veteran claiming for benefits and wish to have a service organization assist you with your claim by appointing a representative.
This document is used for claiming compensation or pension benefits for a veteran's child currently attending school, training course or educational program.
This is an official form used by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in order to select a claimant's representative and have their contact information on file.
File this form if you are a veteran and your current disability was caused by an injury, or disease, in order to apply for compensation or pension benefits.
This document was previously used to apply for burial and funeral allowance if a veteran's death was service-related. The person who paid the burial expenses could apply for reimbursement up to $2000.
VA Form 21-534 Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child (Including Death Compensation if Applicable)
This form was used to apply for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits or any money the VA owed to veterans that had not been paid prior to their death.
VA Form 22-5490 Dependents' Application for VA Education Benefits (Under Provisions of Chapters 33 and 35, of Title 38, U.s.c.)
This document is used by veterans' spouses, dependents, and survivors to apply for VA educational benefits. These benefits include financial assistance and can be used toward a traditional degree, non-college degree, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and so on.
VA Form 21P-534 Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Survivors Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child (Including Death Compensation if Applicable)
This form is used by a surviving spouse or child of a deceased veteran to claim the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits they may be entitled to.
This document is used to get the veterans' written and signed authorization to release their medical data according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
This form is used to determine whether a veteran or their beneficiary is in need of any assistance or extra monetary payments.
VA Form 21-0966 Intent to File a Claim for Compensation and/Or Pension, or Survivors Pension and/Or Dic
Download this form to notify the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of your intention to file a claim for VA compensation and pension benefits, including the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
This form is used for confirming school attendance of children eligible to receive educational benefits payments and for reporting any changes to the status of the student (marriage, quitting a course, changing schools, etc.)
This form is a Power of Attorney (POA) form used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This form is used to designate a health care representative that will be able to act on behalf of the person in case they will no longer be able to make decisions themselves.
This form is filed by veterans to authorize the release of their medical records and personal information to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This document provides an overview of the appeal process on claims for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits.
Use this form if you a veteran, friend or relative and wish to support a claim for benefits. Your support letter will serve to provide information that substantiates your claim for receiving benefits.
This form is used to request a marble headstone or a bronze or granite marker for a deceased veteran from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This is a document issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in order to collect information helping to determine veterans' eligibility for additional payments for their dependents (spouse and/or children).
This is a claim for compensation benefits based on unemployability. A total disability rating is based on individual unemployability (TDIU or IU). The TDIU program allows a veteran to be compensated as 100% disabled.
Use this document if you need to determine your eligibility to receive disability benefits based on unemployability. Your work limitations are expected to be service-related.
VA Form 21-0781 Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The form is filled out by every service member claiming for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The veterans are expected to document the events that led to the disorder during their duty.
This form is used to apply for additional VA disability compensation benefits for a dependent, if a veteran has a service-related disability rating of at least 30%.
Use this document if you are a veteran and wish to appeal the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to deny an insurance claim.
VA Form 21-0779 Request for Nursing Home Information in Connection With Claim for Aid and Attendance
This form is used to put the level of care required by a claimant on their record kept by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This form is used only for certain non-service-connected pension claims.
Use this form if you are a spouse or a child of a veteran or a service member and wish to request a change of program or place of training under the specified benefit programs.
This certificate is used to claim a home loan that is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in case you meet the required criteria and complete the paperwork. The document you will receive is called a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). It is given to the lender to show that you are eligible for the VA home loan.
This document is released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and used to apply for veterans' educational benefits and assistance.
This form is used when a veteran wants to give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) permission to release their personal information to a third party.
This document is used to rate a veteran as incompetent by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and provide proof of their disability compensation, in order to verify their eligibility for VA benefits.