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Disability Benefits Application Process

You can apply for disability benefits online. We’ve listed all the steps below so when you’re ready, you can apply for this tax-free monetary benefit. Find out how to apply.


  • Check your eligibility.
  • Gather the supporting documents listed below that you’ll need to file a disability claim.
  • Be sure your claim is filled out completely and you have all the supporting documents ready to send in along with your claim. This will help us process your claim quickly. Learn more about fully developed claims.

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

Ready to apply?

Other ways to apply

With the help of a trained professional

You can work with a trained professional who can help you file a claim. Get help filing your claim.

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.

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?

97.4 days Average number of days to complete disability-related claims in May 2018