You must provide the following to file a Pension claim:
Original or certified copy of DD Form 214 or equivalent with proof of wartime service. Certain VA benefits require wartime service. Under the law, the VA recognizes these periods of war time:
World War II: December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946.
Korean War: June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955.
Vietnam War: August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961, for Veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975.
Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through a date to be set.
Direct deposit information including account number and bank routing number.
If a veteran is under the age of 65, not in receipt of SSDI, and not in a nursing home, also include copies of recent medical records signed by a physician and showing clinical description of permanent and totally disabled status, diagnosis, and prognosis.
A listing of all current income and net-worth information such as Social Security benefits, retirement income, and dividends.
If you are claiming dependents, you must also provide:
Copy of marriage certificate.
If a veteran or spouse was previously married, a complete history of previous marriage(s) including date and location of each marriage (city and state), name of spouse, method of marriage dissolution (death or divorce), and date and location marriage ended. If possible, include documentation of final dissolution of marriage(s).
Copy of birth certificates or final decree(s) of adoption for dependent children.
Social Security numbers of dependents.
If you are claiming aid and attendance or household benefits, you must also provide:
A completed VA Form 21-2680, Examination for Housebound Status of Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance (available on the VA’s website at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-2680-ARE.pdf)
If a veteran is in a nursing home, also provide VA Form 21-0779, Requesting for Nursing Home Information in Connection with Claim for Aid and Attendance (available on the VA’s website at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0779-ARE.pdf)
If claiming medical expenses from a caregiver or assisted living or nursing home, provide a completed Care Expense Statement
Once ALL materials have been gathered, please call (281) 876-6600