VA Form 21P-534A Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by a Surviving Spouse or Child - in-Service Death Only

What Is VA Form 21P-534A?

VA Form 21P-534A, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by a Surviving Spouse or Child - In-Service Death Only is a document used to properly determine the eligibility of a surviving spouse or child to receive dependency and indemnity compensation, benefits, death pension, and/or death compensation. It is used by surviving spouses and children of veterans who died during active duty service. The latest version of the VA 21P-534A Form was issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in October 2018 with all previous editions obsolete. The form is still being used (instead of VA 21-534A). VA Form 21P-543A fillable version is available for download below.

VA Form 21P-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child (Including Death Compensation if Applicable) is a related document used by surviving spouses and children to apply for VA benefits and any money the VA may owe the deceased veteran. It is used when a veteran's death occurred on active service, or when a veteran died of a service-connected disability or a non-service-connected injury while being entitled to receive VA compensation for a service-connected disability.

VA Form 21P-534EZ, Application for DIC, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits is a related form submitted by surviving spouses and children to provide the necessary information and evidence to substantiate a claim for survivors pension, accrued benefits, or dependency and indemnity compensation.

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VA Form 21P-534A Instructions

  1. Write down the veteran's full name and social security number;
  2. State your full name, social security number, date of birth and indicate if you have lived continuously with the veteran from the date of marriage to the date of death (for surviving spouses only);
  3. Give the reason, the duration and the date of separation (if applicable);
  4. Provide information on children of the deceased veteran in your custody - their full names, dates of birth, social security numbers, places of birth, and state their relationship to you;
  5. Write down your current mailing address and telephone numbers. If the address is changed, mention it in the appropriate box;
  6. Indicate if you want the VA payment to be directly deposited to your financial account;
  7. Write down the type of your account, its number, and the transit number of the financial institution;
  8. Certify that the statements on the form are complete and true to the best of your belief and knowledge, sign the document and write down the actual date.

The last items on the form are to be completed by the Military Casualty Assistance Officer - a representative assigned to you to assist in completing the form. The CAO is required to write down the full name, rank, telephone number, and e-mail address.

OMB. Approved No. 2900-0004
Respondent Burden: 15 Minutes
Expiration Date: 10/31/2021
APPLICATION FOR DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY COMPENSATION BY A SURVIVING SPOUSE OR CHILD
- IN-SERVICE DEATH ONLY
Privacy Act Notice: VA will not disclose information collected on this form to any source other than what has been authorized under the Privacy Act of 1974 or Title 38, Code of Federal
Regulations 1.576 for routine uses (i.e., civil or criminal law enforcement, congressional communications, epidemiological or research studies, the collection of money owed to the United
States, litigation in which the United States is a party or has an interest, the administration of VA programs and delivery of VA benefits, verification of identity and status, and personnel
administration) as identified in the VA system of records, 58VA21/22/28, Compensation, Pension, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Records - VA, published in
the Federal Register. Your obligation to respond is required to obtain or retain benefits. Giving us your SSN account information is mandatory. Applicants are required to provide their SSN
under Title 38 USC 5101 (c) (1). VA will not deny an individual benefits for refusing to provide his or her SSN unless the disclosure of the SSN is required by Federal Statute of law in
effect prior to January 1, 1975, and still in effect. Information that you furnish may be utilized in computer matching programs with other Federal or state agencies for the purpose of
determining your eligibility to receive VA benefits, as well as to collect any amount owed to the United States by virtue of your participation in any benefit program administered by VA.
Respondent Burden: We need this information to determine eligibility for service connected death benefits under 38 U.S.C. 1310 through 1314. Title 38, United States Code, allows us to
ask for this information. We estimate that you will need an average of 15 minutes to review the instructions, find the information, and complete this form. VA cannot conduct or sponsor a
collection of information unless a valid OMB control number is displayed. You are not required to respond to a collection of information if this number is not displayed. Valid OMB control
numbers can be located on the OMB Internet Page at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. If desired, you can call 1-800-827-1000 to get information on where to send comments or
suggestions about this form.
1. VETERAN'S FIRST - MIDDLE- LAST NAME
2. VETERAN'S SOCIAL SECURITY NO.
3. CLAIMANT'S FIRST - MIDDLE- LAST NAME
4. CLAIMANT'S SOCIAL SECURITY NO.
NOTE: When you file this application, you are telling us that you elect to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and all other
service-connected death benefits to which you and/or the deceased veteran's children may be entitled.
5. FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE
I
have
have not
lived continuously with the veteran from date of marriage to date of death.
ONLY: If not, answer Item 6.
7. DATE OF BIRTH OF SURVIVING
6. CAUSE OF SEPARATION (Give reason, date of separation, and duration of separation. If separation was by Court order,
SPOUSE (Mo., Day, Yr.)
attach a copy of such order.)
8. CHILDREN OF THE DECEASED VETERAN (Natural, Step or Adopted) IN MY CUSTODY
DATE OF BIRTH
SOCIAL SECURITY
PLACE OF BIRTH
FULL NAME
RELATIONSHIP TO CLAIMANT
(Mo., Day, Yr.)
NUMBER
(City and State)
9. CLAIMANT'S CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS
10. CLAIMANT'S TELEPHONE NUMBERS (Including Area Code)
EVENING
DAYTIME
11. I
will
will not be changing my address.
13. DATE OF ADDRESS CHANGE
12. CLAIMANT'S NEW ADDRESS
do not want my VA payment to be directly deposited to my financial account.
want
14. I
15. ACCOUNT
ACCOUNT NUMBER
CHECKING
FINANCIAL INSTITUTION'S NINE-DIGIT ROUTING OR TRANSIT NUMBER
SAVING
I CERTIFY THAT the foregoing statements are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.
16. SIGNATURE OF CLAIMANT (Sign in ink)
17. DATE SIGNED
18. NAME AND RANK OF MILITARY
19. TELEPHONE NUMBER OF CAO
20. E-MAIL ADDRESS OF CAO
CASUALTY ASSISTANCE OFFICER (CAO)
PENALTY - The law provides severe penalties which include fine or imprisonment or both, for the willful submission of any statement or evidence of a
material fact knowing it to be false, or for the fraudulent acceptance of any payment to which you are not entitled.
VA FORM
21P-534a
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 21-534A, JUN 2018,
Page 1
OCT 2018
WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
OMB. Approved No. 2900-0004
Respondent Burden: 15 Minutes
Expiration Date: 10/31/2021
APPLICATION FOR DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY COMPENSATION BY A SURVIVING SPOUSE OR CHILD
- IN-SERVICE DEATH ONLY
Privacy Act Notice: VA will not disclose information collected on this form to any source other than what has been authorized under the Privacy Act of 1974 or Title 38, Code of Federal
Regulations 1.576 for routine uses (i.e., civil or criminal law enforcement, congressional communications, epidemiological or research studies, the collection of money owed to the United
States, litigation in which the United States is a party or has an interest, the administration of VA programs and delivery of VA benefits, verification of identity and status, and personnel
administration) as identified in the VA system of records, 58VA21/22/28, Compensation, Pension, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Records - VA, published in
the Federal Register. Your obligation to respond is required to obtain or retain benefits. Giving us your SSN account information is mandatory. Applicants are required to provide their SSN
under Title 38 USC 5101 (c) (1). VA will not deny an individual benefits for refusing to provide his or her SSN unless the disclosure of the SSN is required by Federal Statute of law in
effect prior to January 1, 1975, and still in effect. Information that you furnish may be utilized in computer matching programs with other Federal or state agencies for the purpose of
determining your eligibility to receive VA benefits, as well as to collect any amount owed to the United States by virtue of your participation in any benefit program administered by VA.
Respondent Burden: We need this information to determine eligibility for service connected death benefits under 38 U.S.C. 1310 through 1314. Title 38, United States Code, allows us to
ask for this information. We estimate that you will need an average of 15 minutes to review the instructions, find the information, and complete this form. VA cannot conduct or sponsor a
collection of information unless a valid OMB control number is displayed. You are not required to respond to a collection of information if this number is not displayed. Valid OMB control
numbers can be located on the OMB Internet Page at www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. If desired, you can call 1-800-827-1000 to get information on where to send comments or
suggestions about this form.
1. VETERAN'S FIRST - MIDDLE- LAST NAME
2. VETERAN'S SOCIAL SECURITY NO.
3. CLAIMANT'S FIRST - MIDDLE- LAST NAME
4. CLAIMANT'S SOCIAL SECURITY NO.
NOTE: When you file this application, you are telling us that you elect to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and all other
service-connected death benefits to which you and/or the deceased veteran's children may be entitled.
5. FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE
I
have
have not
lived continuously with the veteran from date of marriage to date of death.
ONLY: If not, answer Item 6.
7. DATE OF BIRTH OF SURVIVING
6. CAUSE OF SEPARATION (Give reason, date of separation, and duration of separation. If separation was by Court order,
SPOUSE (Mo., Day, Yr.)
attach a copy of such order.)
8. CHILDREN OF THE DECEASED VETERAN (Natural, Step or Adopted) IN MY CUSTODY
DATE OF BIRTH
SOCIAL SECURITY
PLACE OF BIRTH
FULL NAME
RELATIONSHIP TO CLAIMANT
(Mo., Day, Yr.)
NUMBER
(City and State)
9. CLAIMANT'S CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS
10. CLAIMANT'S TELEPHONE NUMBERS (Including Area Code)
EVENING
DAYTIME
11. I
will
will not be changing my address.
13. DATE OF ADDRESS CHANGE
12. CLAIMANT'S NEW ADDRESS
do not want my VA payment to be directly deposited to my financial account.
want
14. I
15. ACCOUNT
ACCOUNT NUMBER
CHECKING
FINANCIAL INSTITUTION'S NINE-DIGIT ROUTING OR TRANSIT NUMBER
SAVING
I CERTIFY THAT the foregoing statements are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.
16. SIGNATURE OF CLAIMANT (Sign in ink)
17. DATE SIGNED
18. NAME AND RANK OF MILITARY
19. TELEPHONE NUMBER OF CAO
20. E-MAIL ADDRESS OF CAO
CASUALTY ASSISTANCE OFFICER (CAO)
PENALTY - The law provides severe penalties which include fine or imprisonment or both, for the willful submission of any statement or evidence of a
material fact knowing it to be false, or for the fraudulent acceptance of any payment to which you are not entitled.
VA FORM
21P-534a
SUPERSEDES VA FORM 21-534A, JUN 2018,
Page 1
OCT 2018
WHICH WILL NOT BE USED.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VA FORM 21P-534a
PRINT ALL ANSWERS CLEARLY.
SIGN AND DATE THE APPLICATION.
MAKE A PHOTOCOPY OF THIS APPLICATION AND EVERYTHING YOU SUBMIT TO
VA BEFORE YOU MAIL IT.
NOTE - All the information requested must be answered fully and clearly or action on your claim
may be delayed. If you do not know the answer, write "unknown."
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS
ITEMS 1-2 - Self-explanatory.
ITEM 3 - Name of surviving spouse or person applying on behalf of minor children.
ITEMS 4-12 -Self-explanatory.
ITEM 13 - Expected date that new mailing address will be effective.
ITEMS 14-17 - Self-explanatory.
ITEMS 18-20 - To be completed by Military Casualty Assistance Officer.
MINORS AND INCOMPETENT PERSONS - If the person for whom the claim is being made
is a minor or incompetent person, the application should be completed and filed by the legal
guardian. If no legal guardian has been appointed, it may be completed and filed by some person
acting on behalf of the minor or incompetent person.
IMPORTANT: If you are certifying that you are married for the purpose of VA benefits, your
marriage must be recognized by the place where you and/or your spouse resided at the time of
marriage, or where you and/or your spouse resided when you filed your claim (or a later date
when you became eligible for benefits) (38 U.S.C. § 103(c)). Additional guidance on
when VA recognizes marriages is available at http://www.va.gov/opa/marriage/.
THIS FORM, ALONG WITH THE SERVICEMEMBER'S DD FORM 1300, REPORT OF
CASUALTY, SHOULD BE MAILED OR FAXED TO:
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
REGIONAL OFFICE AND INSURANCE CENTER
P.O. BOX 8079
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19101
FAX NUMBER (215) 381-3084.
For assistance in completing this application, or information about VA benefits and services, call
us toll-free at 1-800-827-1000 (Hearing Impaired--TDD Line 1-800-829-4833).
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