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File a VA claim

Accredited DVS staff members are helping NYC veterans and their families process Veterans Affairs (VA) claims.  To receive support with your VA claim, schedule an online appointment with DVS by contacting DVS at or (212) 416-5250. 
Please have the following materials before meeting with DVS:

  • Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • Medical documentation (doctor and hospital records)
  • Dependency records (marriage and children's birth certificates)

DVS helps veterans file for the following claims:

Disability Compensation

Disability Compensation is a tax-free benefit paid to veterans with disabilities that are the result of:

  • a disease or injury that was incurred or aggravated during active military service
  • an injury, heart attack, or stroke that occurred during inactive duty training
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • service-connected mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they arose after service.

There is no time limit to file a claim for disability compensation. If you already have a disability compensation rating from the VA, but your medical condition has worsened, you may file another claim for a higher monthly payout.

Before meeting with DVS:

Complete VA Form 21-526EZ and mail it to your nearest VA regional office. Please let us know if you need support filling out this form.

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit paid to veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents. For veterans, SMC benefits are a higher rate of compensation due to special circumstances such as being in need of regular aid and attendance from another person. For spouses and surviving spouses, this benefit is commonly referred to as “aid and attendance”.

Before meeting with DVS:

If you are housebound or required the aid and attendance of someone to perform daily living functions, complete VA Form 21-2680 and mail it to your nearest VA regional office. Please let us know if you need support filling out the VA Form 21-2680 form. 

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of veterans who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. DIC benefits are also available for survivors of veterans who died from service-connected disabilities. Children may be eligible for DIC if they are not included in the surviving spouse's DIC benefit.
Before meeting with DVS
Please mail the following materials to your nearest VA regional office:

Contact Us

Our Veterans Benefits Coordinators will gladly prepare and file your claim for disability compensation. If you are looking for support filing your VA benefits claims, you can contact the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services Claims Unit directly by emailing us or completing the form below.: 

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