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Getting Started With Your Initial VA Claim And Working With Allsup

Following is helpful information for you to begin your initial claim for benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Once you have received a VA decision on your initial claim, this is when our VA-Accredited Claims Agents will be able to assist. If you have received a VA decision that you don’t agree with, call us.
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VA Claims Eligibility

Learning about eligibility

  • You may be eligible for VA Compensation (service-connected disability) benefits if the VA finds you have a disease, injury or condition that resulted from service or was made worse during your military service.
  • You can also claim conditions that are being caused or aggravated by service-related conditions as secondary:
    • Example: Irritable bowel syndrome secondary to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Guidance To Help With Your Initial VA Claim

Please use official VA forms to file your claim.

Any disabilities you have today that are related to your time on active duty should be claimed using the VA Form 21-526EZ (print or online).

VA will obtain your service treatment records and any federal records that you identify in your claim, such as records from the Social Security Administration.

In general, you need to submit:

To File Your Initial Application

You can apply by submitting all documents in one of the following ways:


Department Of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444


Toll free:
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Access To More VA Benefits And Services

Depending on your benefits approval for a service-connected disability, you may be entitled to additional VA benefits and services, including:

  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) services, which help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job skills coaching.
  • Some level of VA healthcare coverage.
  • VA Home Loan funding fee exemption.

Learn more here.