VA claim filing made easier
|WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army News Service) — As part of
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's effort to break the
back of the backlog, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reducing
the paperwork and expediting the process for veterans seeking
compensation for disabilities related to their military service.
To make the claims process faster, VA has also introduced two new forms
for veterans participating in the Department's new fully developed claim
(FDC) program, which is one of the fastest means to receive a claims
To participate in the FDC program, veterans should complete and submit
an FDC Certification and VA Form 21-526EZ, "Fully Developed Claim
(Compensation)," for a compensation claim, or a VA Form 21-527EZ, "Fully
Developed Claim (Pension)," for a pension claim.
For additional information, go to the website
http://www.va.gov or call VA's toll-free
benefits number at 1-800-827-1000.