The disability claim process begins a claim is filed, either formally or informally. If a veteran has never filed a disability claim with the VA, we recommend that they file a Fully Developed Claim (on a VA Form 21-526EZ or 21-527EZ) when possible. If not eligible, they must complete and submit a VA Form 21-526, Veteran's Application for Compensation or Pension.
It his highly recommended that the veteran complete the form with the assistance of a veteran service representative. A County Veterans Service Office can assist in obtaining compensation benefits at no cost.