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Filing your VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claim

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 here.
    • If you find videos helpful, please here for a step-by-step video on how to file a disability claim.
    • For general information about how to apply for compensation here.
    • For information about the claims process and a timeline for veterans who were recently separated from active military service 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.

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.
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