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Compensation and Pension

Veterans Disability Claims. There are two categories:

Compensation is a claim for official recognition of a medical condition that was treated while on active duty or within a presumptive period after leaving active duty. Compensation provides monetary monthly disability payments and free medical treatment for service connection conditions.

To file a Claim- Below are the forms you will need to fill out to file a claim for Service Connected (SC) compensation. in addition to these forms you will need copies of your discharge papers, any related medical records and possibly statements from family members and those you served with. You can start the filing process today by filling out these forms to the best of your ability here on line and then bringing them into our office either electronically or printed out. We highly recommend using the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) program to file your claim. It is a little more work on us and the veteran, but your claim can get processed in as little as 90 days versus up to 24 months.

Forms-
21-22 - Appointment of the County veterans Service office as your advocate for filing the claim.
21-4138 - Statement to secure the effective date of a Fully Developed Claim (FDC)
21-526EZ - The FDC form used for Service Connected claim
21-4138 - Statement of Veteran making the claim Stating the What, Where and When the condition(s) occurred that the veteran is claiming.
21-4138 - Statement(s) from friends, family members or even those you served with to collaborate your statement

You will also need and we can help you get-
Discharge Papers, usually a DD214 or an equivalent
Medical records from your time in service till the present
Disability questionnaires - we will provide you with to take to your doctor to complete.
Marriage certificate (from current marriage)
Birth certificate(s) of dependents
Divorce decree(s) from all previous marriages

Other forms maybe needed, but this will get you started. Please contact our office when you are ready and we can set up an appointment to review all your forms and make the determination if there is more information needed and help you retrieve the records you need to file your claim.

 

Veterans Administration Compensation Rate Tables

Pension is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are found to be permanently and totally disabled based on disabilities not the result of their active military service (veterans aged 65 and over are deemed to be permanently and totally disabled for the purposes of this benefit). A veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and must have served 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war, or discharged due to a service connected disability. The veteran must meet specified income and net worth thresholds.

To file a Claim- Below are the forms you will need to fill out to file a claim for Service Connected (SC) compensation. in addition to these forms you will need copies of your discharge papers, any related medical records and possibly statements from family members and those you served with. You can start the filing process today by filling out these forms to the best of your ability here on line and then bringing them into our office either electronically or printed out. We highly recommend using the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) program to file your claim. It is a little more work on us and the veteran, but your claim can get processed in as little as 90 days versus up to 24 months.

Forms-
21-22 - Appointment of the County veterans Service office as your advocate for filing the claim.
21-4138 - Statement to secure the effective date of a Fully Developed Claim (FDC)
21-526EZ - The FDC form used for Service Connected claim
21-4138 - Statement of Veteran making the claim Stating the What, Where and When the condition(s) occurred that the veteran is claiming.
21-4138 - Statement(s) from friends, family members or even those you served with to collaborate your statement

Veterans Administration Pension Rate Tables