CAUTION: PLEASE BE SURE TO REVIEW VERY IMPORTANT NOTE (BELOW), REGARDING GIFTING OR ASSET MOVEMENT WHICH MAY PREVENT THE AWARD OF ANY VA BENEFITS FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR.
NOTE : You should NOT sign or submit this Informal Claim to the VA if ASSETS are in excess of the VA’s current Asset Requirements. Further, you should not sign or submit this Form if Assets will be gifted after the signature and/or submission date. - - Such gifting or transfer of assets may adversely affect the award of benefits for a period of at least one year.
If you will fully complete the information and “CLAIMANT’S SIGNATURE” in this form (BLOCK 14A) and fax it back to the VA Pension Center this will establish an “informal claim.” This represents only a possible intention to file a formal claim and does not obligate you to file a claim.
IF THIS CLAIM IS FOR A VETERAN (Married or Single)– THE VETERAN IS THE CLAIMANT
IF THIS CLAIM IS FOR A WIDOW – THE WIDOW IS THE CLAIMANT. HOWEVER, IF THIS IS A WIDOW’S CLAIM, THE DECEASED VETERAN’S INFORMATION MUST ALSO BE PROVIDED.
NOTE 1: The Claimant MUST sign this form (Block 14A). The VA will not recognize a Power of Attorney signature. If the Claimant can only sign with an “X” or “Mark” – please have two witnesses sign as “witness” in the white space somewhere near the signature. Family members may sign as a witness and a Notary Seal is not necessary in any case.
NOTE: This form has a small block in Block 14A which is used if you are able to provide an “Electronic Signature.” Most people cannot use this system. Therefore, the Claimant should sign in the larger white space in Block 14A – not the tiny box for the “Electronic Signature.”
NOTE 2: Regarding Block #3 & Block #10: If you do not know whether or not a previous VA claim has been filed (Block 10), or if you do not have an existing “VA File Number” (Block 3) - these sections can be left blank.
NOTE 3: VERY IMPORTANT: Regarding Block #13: DO NOT CHECK THE BLOCK MARKED ‘COMPENSATION’ – AS THIS CAN SIGNIFICANTLY DELAY THE PROCESSING OF THE PENSION CLAIM.
NOTE 4: Regarding Block #9: We recommend that you use the mailing address & phone number of a family member. The VA will respond to this address and it is important that correspondence from the VA be handled by a family member so that it can be properly dealt with. –An email address is not required.
However, to establish the above mentioned benefit date, this form must be faxed to the VA before the end of the last business day of the CURRENT CALENDAR month.
NOTE 5: IMPORTANT: The VA Awards a benefit by counting ALL INCOME and QUALIFIED expenses BEGINNING the 1st of the Benefit month established. IF you do NOT have the proper QUALIFIED expenses then this WILL more than likely result in a benefit REDUCTION or DENIAL. Please make sure that you HAVE QUALIFIED expenses offsetting your income prior to establishing a Benefit Date. Qualified expenses are NOT your day to day living expenses.
HERE IS THE VA CENTRAL FAX NUMBER: (844) 655-1604
NOTE: This fax number is the VA’s National, “Consolidated” Fax Number that receives thousands of faxes each day. To Expedite the Registration of this request you should hand write the name of the appropriate Pension Center at the top of the form.
Here is a listing of the national Pension Centers for your particular state. Use the appropriate Pension Center for the region that the claimant (Veteran) resides in:
Philadelphia Pension Center: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine , Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia: Write “Philadelphia Pension Center” at the top of the form.
Milwaukee Pension Center: Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin. Write “Milwaukee Pension Center” at the top of the form.
St. Paul Pension Center: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Write “St Paul Pension Center” at the top of the form.
HEADS UP NOTE: When faxing these forms, we highly recommend that you use a fax machine that produces a “Fax Confirmation” so that you have proof that the fax was sent and received. (For example, Staples, Office Depot, FedX, will provide these). It is not unusual that we have to provide the VA proof that this form was submitted and received by them before the end of the month, and such a “Fax Confirmation” can provide this proof.
AUTOMATIC FAX CONFIRMATION: The VA Fax Center now uses a system that will normally generate an automatic fax back to the number you are faxing from that will also confirm receipt.
NOTE 6: Several weeks after this Informal Claim is filed with the VA, you should receive a mail package from the VA Pension Center acknowledging receipt of this Informal Claim. Forms may or may not be included with the acknowledgement. In any case, if you would like us to process your claim as part of our full service planning services, DO NOT respond directly to the VA as this may disrupt our process and delay the final award.
Senior Veterans Council