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Veterans Benefits Administration

Applying for Benefits

There are numerous ways to apply for VA benefits depending on the type of benefit you are seeking.

Benefits How To Apply
Before Leaving Military Service – Pre-Discharge Program for Servicemembers If you are a member of the armed forces serving on either active duty or full-time National Guard duty, you should apply through the VA Pre-Discharge Program before leaving service.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits for Servicemembers and Veterans

The best way to file for vocational rehabilitation and employment services is to apply online at eBenefits.va.gov. If you don't have an eBenefits account, register today. In eBenefits, apply using the Veterans On-line Application (VONAPP) to complete and submit your application online.  The form to use is called VA Form 28-1900, "Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation."

You can also mail the VA Form 28-1900, "Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation" to your local regional benefit office.  You can locate your local regional benefit office using the VA Facility Locator.  You may also visit your local regional benefit office and turn in your application for processing. 

For more information on vocational rehabilitation and employment services, visit the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment web page

Disability Compensation Benefits for Veterans

The best way to file for disability compensation is to apply online at eBenefits.va.gov. If you don't have an eBenefits account, register today. Once you log into your eBenefits account, use Apply for Disability Compensation.  VA recommends you appoint an accredited Veterans Service Officer to help you initiate your claim, gather the required medical records and evidence, and submit your claim.  You can appoint a Veteran Service Officer while you apply online.

If you prefer to file your claim by paper, complete VA Form 21-526EZ, "Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits" and mail the application to your local regional benefit office.  You can find your local regional benefit office in the VA Facility Locator.  You can also visit your local regional office and turn in your application for processing. While there, you can appoint an accredited Veterans Service Officer to help you prepare and submit your claim. You can find  an accredited Veteran Service Officer using eBenefits.

For more information on how to apply for compensation, visit the Applying for Compensation web page.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Benefits for Survivors and Dependents

Download and complete VA Form 21-534EZ, "Application for DIC, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits" and mail it to your local regional benefit office.  You can locate your local regional benefit office using the VA Facility Locator.  You may also visit your local regional benefit office and turn in your application for processing. 

We recommend that you appoint an accredited Veterans Service Officer to help you initiate your claim and gather any required medical records or evidence.  You can find an accredited Veteran Service Officer using eBenefits.  

If the death was in service, your Military Casualty Assistance Officer will assist you in completing VA Form 21-534a, "Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child" and in mailing the application to the Philadelphia Regional Benefit Office.

For more information on compensation benefits for survivors and dependents, visit the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation web page.

Pension Benefits for Veterans

Download and complete VA Form 21-527EZ, "Application for Pension." You can mail your application to your local regional benefit office.  You can locate your local regional benefit office using the VA Facility Locator.  You may also visit your local regional benefit office and turn in your application for processing. 

VA recommends you appoint an accredited Veterans Service Officer to help you initiate your claim and gather any required medical records or evidence.  You can find  an accredited Veteran Service Officer using eBenefits.  

For more information on Veterans Pension benefits, visit the Veterans Pension web page.

Pension Benefits for Survivors

Download and complete VA Form 21-534EZ, "Application for DIC, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits" and mail it to your local regional benefit office.  You can locate your local regional benefit office using the VA Facility Locator.  You may also visit your local regional benefit office and turn in your application for processing. 

VA recommends you appoint an accredited Veterans Service Officer to help you initiate your claim and gather any required medical records or evidence. You can find an accredited Veteran Service Officer using eBenefits.  

For more information on Survivors Pension benefits, visit the Survivors Pension web page

Education Benefits for Veterans

You can apply for your education benefits using eBenefits.va.gov. If you don't have an eBenefits account, register today.  In eBenefits, apply using the Veterans On-line Application (VONAPP) to complete and submit your application online.

You can also submit a paper application.  To do this, download and complete VA Form 22-1990, "Application for VA Education Benefits" and mail it to a VA Regional Processing Office. You can mail the form to the region of your home address or to the VA Regional Processing Office for the region of your school's physical address, if you know what school you want to attend. Also, you can call a VA Education Case Manager (1-888-GIBill1) to ask for help.

For more information on how to apply online, visit the Education Apply for Benefits web page.

Home Loan Benefits for Servicemembers and Veterans

You can apply for a home loan certificate of eligibility online using ebenefits.va.gov.  You may also apply for a home loan certificate of eligibility through your lender. To apply by mail, use VA Form 26-1880, "Request for Certificate of Eligibility."

You can mail the application to:

VA Loan Eligibility Center
Attn: COE (262)
PO Box 100034
Decatur, GA 30031     

For more information on eligibility, evidence, and how to apply, visit the Certificate of Eligibility web page.

Home Loan Benefits for Survivors

The surviving spouse of a Servicemember or Veteran must apply by mail.  The form to complete is the VA Form 26-1817, "Request for Determination of Loan Guaranty Eligibility - Unmarried Surviving Spouses."  Or, you can call 1-888-768-2132 and follow the prompts for Eligibility and we will mail the form to you.

Mail your application to this address:

VA Loan Eligibility Center
Attn: COE (262)
PO Box 100034
Decatur, GA 30031     

For more information on eligibility, evidence, and how to apply, visit the Certificate of Eligibility web page.

Life Insurance Benefits for Servicemembers, Veterans, and Survivors

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI): SGLI coverage is automatic.  You do not need to apply.  To designate beneficiaries, or reduce, decline or restore SGLI coverage, complete and submit SGLV 8286, "Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Election and Certificate" to your branch of service personnel clerk.

For more information on Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, visit the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance web page.

Veterans' Group Life Insurance(VGLI): To file for VGLI, you can apply online using eBenefits.va.gov.  If you don't have an eBenefits account, register today. You may also download and complete SGLV 8714, "Application for Veterans' Group Life Insurance."

Mail your application to this address:

OSGLI
PO Box 41618
Philadelphia, PA  19176-9913

For more information on Veterans’ Group Life Insurance, visit the Veterans’ Group Life Insurance web page.

Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI): To decline, reduce, or restore FSGLI coverage, complete and file form SGLV 8286A, "Spouse Coverage Election and Certificate" with your branch of service.

For more information on Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, visit the Family Servicemembers’ Life Group Insurance web page.

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI): To file a claim for TSGLI, complete and file SGLV 8600, "Application for TSGLI Benefits" with your branch of service. Coverage for this benefit is automatic for all Servicemembers covered by SGLI.  

For more information on the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program, visit the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program web page.

Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI): To file for S-DVI, apply online using the AutoForm application system  or complete VA Form 29-4364, "Application for Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance."

Mail your application to this address:

Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office and Insurance Center (RH)
P.O. Box 7208
Philadelphia, PA 19101

For more information on Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance, visit the Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance web page.

Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI): To file for VMLI, complete and submit VA Form 29-8636, "Application for Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance" to your Specially Adapted Housing Agent. The agent will help you complete your application. Also, you must provide information about your current mortgage.

For more information on Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance, visit the Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance web page.