Starting March 24, VA will improve the efficiency of the claims process by requiring Veterans to use standard forms for all claims and appeals. Gone are the days of starting a claim on scratch paper or napkins, and Veteran advocates and VSOs are applauding the move and getting the word out.
While the fastest and easiest way to initiate a claim is still eBenefits because the forms are built into the system already, groups are making it easy for their members to understand how this move will help them in the long run and where they can get the mandatory forms online.
In the simple, yet effective video below DAV explains why something as important as a claim should never be accompanied by a mustard stain.
- For “informal claims”, veterans and survivors must now use VA Form 21-0966, Intent to File a Claim for Compensation and/or Pension, Survivors Pension, or Other Benefits.
- For disability benefits, applicants must now use VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits.
- To apply for needs-based pension, use VA Form 21-527EZ, Application for Pension.
- To file a claim for dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), survivor’s pension, and accrued benefits, claimants should complete VA Form 21-534, Application for DIC, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits.
- Veterans filing a Notice of Disagreement should use VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement.
If you’re already working on your claim with DAV, MOAA or another Veterans service organizations, be sure to touch base with your representative to see what this change means for you. For more on how standard forms and online tools can make it quick, easy, and convenient for you to state which benefits you’re seeking and submit the information required to process your claim or appeal, visit the Explore VA website.