What is a 21-526 in a VA Disability Claim?

If you call our office seeking legal representation for your VA Disability Claim, one of the first things we will ask is: “Have you filled out your 21-526?” Most Veterans will answer this question by saying “yes.” However, if you are new to the VA Disability Process, you will likely answer no, or not know what it means. That’s okay. This blog will explain what a 21-526 is in detail.

In order to file for VA Disability Benefits, you must fill out a 21-526. It is also called “Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension.” In other words, this your initial application to receive benefits from the VA. The form can be found on-line at the VA website. However, if you have not filed before, and are seeking legal representation, we will be more than happy to send you a copy.

When you look at the 21-526, it can seem a bit overwhelming. This is largely due to the fact that it is 12 pages long. However, many of the first pages are simply instructions. Once you get past those initial pages, the rest is just basic information about yourself, and your time in service. Also, it is important to list your disabilities on this application. A Veteran can not just file a basic claim for benefits.

Once your form is complete, submit it to the VA, or if you are a client of ours, we will review it first, and then submit it on your behalf. This is just one of the many things Jan Dils Attorneys at Law will do for our clients. If you are interested in further information about our services, check out our website, www.fight4vets.com, or give Our office a call:  1-877-526-3457 Or Tell us about your case.


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