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 June 25, 2010

Armywide News

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 decision.

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.

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