This page provides information for veterans with service-connected disabilities who want to file a VA compensation claim. Service-connection does not mean that something had to have happened to you during a time of combat. Service-connection means that something happened to you in the service that caused or aggravated the disability that is currently bothering you. Filing a claim can be confusing and the following information and resources should help you through the claims process.
When you apply for service-connected disability benefits, you may either file a Fully Developed Claim (FDC) or a Standard Claim. You use a different form depending on which type of claim you decide to file.
For more information on Fully Developed Claims click here.
- Getting to know the claims process...click here.
- Reports and evidence click here.
- For VA compensation eligibility information with references to other helpful documents that contain specific examples for reports and evidence here.
- How long is the claims process? click here.
- An outline of the claims process with regard to what happens after a claim is filed and with how long things generally take is available here.
After you decide whether you want to file a Fully Developed Claim or a Standard Claim, you’ll have to decide whether you want to file electronically or whether you want to file a paper form that you will mail to your local regional office.
- If you want to file your claim electronically click here.
- The eBenefits portal is a great resource if you are comfortable with using a computer. The website provides helpful resources for filing your claim and you can also file your claim electronically through the eBenefits portal. click here to begin your application.
- If you want to file a paper application click here.