Claims Information

For help contact a Chapter Service Officer (CSO)

Basic Steps:

1) First forms you will need

2) Send to Frank Tejeda DAV office

  • Fax: (210) 699-5082

  • email

  • This will start your claim pay date

  • You have one year to complete the rest of the process

3) Sign up for

4) Gather all medical records (if needed)

5) Gather statements from family/friends/former service buddies

  • Use VA Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim

  • Warning: PENALTY: The law provides severe penalties which include fine or imprisonment, or both, for the willful submission of any statement or evidence of a material fact,
    knowing it to be false.

6) Fill out VA form 21-526EZ

FYI: TYPES OF CLAIMS (all forms should be sent to the NSO office at Frank Tejeda)

Original Disability Claim

An original claim is the first claim you file for disability compensation from VA and can be submitted at any time after your discharge from the military. However, you are encouraged to submit your claim as soon as you are able to ensure all available documents are on hand.

Evidence required:

Medical evidence of a current physical or mental disability; AND
Evidence of an event, injury or disease in service; AND
Evidence of a link between your current disability and the event, injury, or disease in military service. Medical records or medical opinions are usually required to establish this relationship.

New Disability Claim

A new claim is a claim for service connection for a disability that has not been filed before.

Evidence Required:

Medical evidence of a current physical or mental disability; AND
Evidence of an event, injury or disease in service; AND
Evidence of a link between your current disability and the event, injury, or disease in military service. Medical records or medical opinions are usually required to establish this relationship.

Reopened Disability Claim

This is a claim already filed that VA could not grant and the decision is over one year old.

Evidence required: To reopen these claims, VA must receive new evidence that has never been considered, which pertains to the issue claimed.

Claim For Increased Disability

This is a claim for an increased evaluation of a disability that VA has already determined to be service-connected.

Evidence Required: Current medical evidence that shows your disability has gotten worse.

Secondary Disability Claim

This is a claim for a disability that developed as a result of or was worsened by a disability which VA has already determined to be service-connected.

Evidence Required: Medical evidence that shows you have a disability that was caused or aggravated by an already established service-connected disability.

There are other special issues where additional forms and evidence may be needed:

Individual Unemployability as determined by VA: In addition to the evidence above, you must also submit:

A completed VA Form 21-8940, “Veteran’s Application for Increased Compensation Based on Unemployability” (download form)

A completed VA Form 21-4192, “Request for Employment Information in Connection with Claim for Disability Benefits”(download form) completed by your last employer, AND
Medical evidence that a service-connected disability prevents you from obtaining or maintaining substantially gainful employment.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: In addition to the evidence above, you must also submit:

A completed VA Form 21-0781, “Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (download form),” OR

If claiming PTSD based on personal assault, VA Form 21-0781a, “Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Secondary to Personal Assault (download form).”