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Pension Benefits Application Process

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


  • 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?

  • Social Security number or VA file number (required)
  • Military history (required)
  • Your financial information and the financial information of your dependents (required)
  • Work history
  • Bank account direct deposit information
  • Medical information

Ready to apply?

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

Note: Attach all the supporting documents (evidence) to the end of the form.

You can turn in your application and evidence in 1 of 3 ways:

By mail
Mail the application to the Pension Management Center (PMC) for your state.
Find your PMC.

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 VA pension benefits.
Get help filing a claim.

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.