United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Forms

Please consider using  My eBenefits.  As well as providing electronic forms, and information about the vast array of VA benefits, Veterans can also apply online, and follow the status of their claims.

The following is a list of the most requested forms, with examples of how they are filled out.  To obtain the latest forms and applications, as well to access Section 508 compliant forms, please visit the main VA Forms page.  If you are having trouble locating a certain form or would like more information, please call us at 1-800-827-1000.

  • VA Form 21-526, Vet's Application for Compensation and/or Pension. Use this form if you are applying for benefits for the first time.
  • VA Form 21-686c, Declaration of Status of Dependents. Use this form to report any changes of dependents.
  • VA Form 21-4138, Statement in Support of Claim. Use this form to tell us anything concerning your benefits.
  • VA Form 21-22, Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant's Representative. This form is used to appoint a service organization to represent you, free of charge.
  • VA Form 21-22a, Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative.  This form is used to appoint an individual to represent you.
  • VA Form 21-4142, Authorization and Consent to Release Information to the VA. Use this form if you would like us to obtain records on your behalf.
  • VA Form 21-0845, Authorization to Disclose Personal Information to a Third Party.  Use this form if you would like another person to be able to contact us directly to get information about your claim.

VA Pension-Specific Forms:

  • VA Form 21-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Death Pension, and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child.  Use this form if you are applying for DIC, pension, or accrued benefits.
  • VA Form 21-8416, Medical Expense Report. Use this form if you receive or are applying for pension, to submit your medical expenses to reduce your income for VA purposes.
  • VA Form 21-0516-1, Improved Pension Eligibility Verification Report, (Veteran With No Children). This form is used if you receive pension, have no dependent children, and you would like to report your income.
  • VA Form 21-0517-1, Improved Pension Eligibility Verification Report, (Veteran with Children). This form is used if you receive pension, you have children as dependents on your award, and you would like to report your income.
  • VA Form 21-0518-1, Improved Pension Eligibility Verification Report, (Surviving Spouse w/No Children). This form is used if you receive death pension, you do not have children as dependents on your award, and you would like to report your income.
  • VA Form 21-0519-1, Improved Pension Eligibility Verification Report, (Surviving Spouse with Children). This form is used if you receive death pension, you have children as dependents on your award, and you would like to report your income.

To obtain these forms, simply follow this link to the VA Forms page and type the number of the form in the first box. You may need Adobe Reader to view these files. There are instructions on that site on how to download and install that program.