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Contact an accredited Veterans Service Organization representative who can assist you in submitting your claim.
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions, or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service—no matter when or where they served—may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits.
To support a claim for service connection, the evidence must show the following:
If you have any of the following relevant items, you should submit them with your claim:
The fastest and simplest way to obtain a VA decision on a compensation claim is to submit all supporting documents and evidence together in a Fully Developed Claim (FDC) online at www.eBenefits.va.gov or by mail. Typical steps to apply online include:
If you think you want to file an FDC but aren’t quite ready yet, you can start an FDC at eBenefits.va.gov, save your incomplete application, gather all your documents and then submit your claim up to one year later. This will preserve your effective date if the claim is submitted within one year.
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