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How to Apply for Disability Benefits

Find out how to apply for VA disability benefits.

How do I prepare before starting my application?

What documents do I need to apply?

For the first disability claim you file, please provide:

For all disability claims, please provide:

  • VA medical records and hospital records that relate to your claimed illnesses or injuries
  • Private medical records and hospital reports that relate to your claimed illnesses or injuries

How do I apply?

You can apply online right now.

Go to eBenefits to Apply

You can also apply:

By mail

Apply by mail using an Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits (VA Form 21-526EZ).
Download VA Form 21-526EZ.

Print the form, fill it out, and send it to this address:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444

In person

Bring your application to a regional benefit office near you.
Find a regional benefit office.

With the help of a trained professional

You can work with a trained professional called an accredited representative to get help applying for health care benefits.
Get help filing your claim.

What happens after I apply?

Find out what happens after you apply.

You don’t need to do anything while you’re waiting unless we send you a letter asking for more information. If we schedule exams for you, be sure not to miss them.

Track the Status of Your Claim

How long does it take VA to make a decision?

96.8 days Average number of days to complete disability-related claims in September 2018