Health and Benefits

Requesting VA Benefits

In order for a veteran to obtain the benefits, they should: 
  • Check that they are eligible for benefits
  • Have proof of service
  • Complete the correct form with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Proof of Service

Before submitting a claim for any benefits, veterans will need to have their:

  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or
  • DD-214.

Veterans or their family members may request a certified copy of a DD-214 by submitting Form SF-180 to the National Archives. Individuals may also request service records online.

Choosing the Correct Form

The VA expedites claims that are submitted as "fully developed," meaning that the proper form is filled out correctly. The VA provides fillable pdfs for those that have computer access or accessibility concerns. 

Some of the most frequently requested forms for requesting benefits are:

Form 26-1880 - VA Home Loan Certification

Form 10-10EZ - Application for Health Benefits

Form 21-526EZ - Veteran's Application for Disability Compensation and Related Benefits

Form 21-527EZ - Veteran's Application for Pension Benefits (including the Aid and Attendance Supplement)

Form 21-534EZ - Surviving Spouse's our Child's Application for Death Pension, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), and/or Accrued Benefits

Form 21-22a - Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative

Form 21-2680 - Medical Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance

Form 21-4142  - Consent to Release Medical Information to the VA

Form 40-1330 - Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker

All forms are available online. Veterans and family members may also get copies of the forms, as well as help completing them, from their state Department of Veterans' Services. Find your local Arizona VA Center here

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