Book - How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors

How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors

If you are looking for help applying for a VA Benefit for yourself or a loved one, consider purchasing our new book How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors (published in 2020).

This how to apply book is a welcome and needed resource for veterans and their families. It incorporates the newest claims procedures from the Department of Veterans Affairs along with detailed instructions on how to submit applications for over 25 different types of disability claims including Pension, Death Pension, DIC, Compensation, Burial Benefits, and others. More About the Book...


Various VA Forms and Applications in PDF Format

Below is a list of the most commonly used forms for senior veterans or their survivors seeking to apply for VA Compensation, DIC, Burial, HISA, or VA Pension (Survivor Pension) Benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Order Military Records


Intent to File to Establish an Effective Date


Application Forms


VA Pension and Survivor's Pension are sometimes called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. When applying, the claimant should supply VA with a certified copy of the veteran's original military discharge. VA will also want to see a copy of a marriage certificate and/ or death certificate when applicable. If there are ongoing care expenses (e.g. home care or assisted living), VA will require VA Form 21-2680 and proof the claimant is paying for and receiving care. Supply VA with statements of from the care provider and invoices marked paid.

Supporting Forms


Supplemental Information Forms


Decision Review Forms