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Application Process

You can apply in person or by mail for Veterans pension benefits. Follow these steps to apply for this tax-free benefit.

Prepare

  • Find out if you qualify. Check your eligibility.
  • Gather the information listed below that you’ll need to fill out your pension application.

What information do I need to apply?

  • Military history
  • Your financial information and the financial information of your dependents (required)
  • Work history
  • Direct deposit information
  • Medical information

Apply

You can apply in 1 of 3 ways:

Apply by mail

Fill out Form 21P-527EZ (Application for Pension). Download Form 21P-527EZ.

Mail it to the Pension Management Center (PMC) for your state. Find your PMC.

Work with a trained professional

You can work with a trained professional called an accredited representative to get help applying for VA pension benefits. Find an accredited representative.

Apply in person

Bring your application to a Regional Benefits Office near you. Find a Regional Benefits Office.

Find out how to apply for the Survivors Pension program.

How long does it take VA to make a decision?

It depends. We process claims in the order we receive them, unless a claim requires priority processing.