Documents You’ll Need to Bring

To help make your visit with the claims representative go as smoothly and efficiently as possible, please remember to bring the following documents with you.

  • Any claim
    • Original or certified copy of your discharge papers
    • Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of compensations and pensions
  • Claiming dependents
    • Copy of marriage certificate (if currently married) or a detailed list of previous marriages
    • Copy of birth certificate(s) and/or final decree(s) of adoption for dependent children
    • Social Security numbers for dependent children
  • Aid and attendance or housebound benefits
    • Completed Aid and Attendance VA Form 21-2680 (for homebound veterans)
    • Completed Aid and Attendance VA Form 21-0779 (for veterans living in a nursing home)
    • Completed Care Expense Statement (for caregivers), which must be picked up from a VSO
  • Compensation claim
    • Copies of your service treatment records (if you are filing a pre-discharge claim)
  • Pension
    • Copies of your medical records (if you are under 65, not receiving Social Security Disability, and not residing in a nursing home)
    • List of all current income sources
  • Dependency and indemnity compensation
    • Copy of veteran’s death certificate or DD1300 (if the veteran died on active duty)
    • Copy of marriage certificate (if currently married) or a detailed list of previous marriages
  • Survivor’s pension
    • List of all current income sources
    • Copy of veteran’s death certificate or DD1300 (if the veteran died on active duty)
    • Copy of marriage certificate (if currently married) or a detailed list of previous marriages
  • College fee waiver

Please note: For college fee waivers, a walk-in appointment is not necessary. You may simply drop off the following documents at any time on Wednesday when the VSO representative is here.

  • Completed College Fee Waiver Application
    • List of all of the student’s current income sources
    • If you are filing for a tuition fee waiver for the first time:
      • VA letter verifying the veteran’s service-connected disability
      • Copy of the student’s birth certificate

Copy of any of the following that establishes the student’s dependency, such as parents’ marriage certificate (for stepchild), final decree of adoption (for adopted child) or court-ordered custody (for child ruled to be under “care, custody and control”)

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