Help with VA Claims
DAV Provides FREE Help to all Veterans and Surviving Spouses
VA Claims for Service Connected Compensation and Medical Care (C&P)
The first thing all veterans should know is that VA compensation benefits are not automatic. We have to make a legal claim for the insurance benefit of compensation for the partial or complete loss of ability to produce income from work because of the lasting effect of each medical condition, which was caused or aggravated by military service.
In other words, we must prove that (1) something happened during our military service and (2) now we have a diagnosis of medical condition that (3) a doctor has entered a medical opinion which states that the current condition is as likely as not related to, or caused by, the thing that happened in the military.
The difficulty is gathering the records and documents which basically prove our claims. Your DAV Service Officer can help you request copies of your Service Records and put together a well prepared FDC claim. It is up to you to keep track of your claim records, personal history and other legal documents that prove your claim. DAV is here to help you learn what you need to do and how to do it, so you can make a more effective claim.
The more you learn about your part in the claim process, the better you will be prepared. The better prepared you are, the better you will do in the VA claim process. Get your checklist and start organizing your records for an effective claim. Contact a DAV Service Officer for assistance. We are here so you are not alone.
Benefit Claims for Survivors of Deceased Veteran (DIC))
When a veteran dies from service connected medical conditions or after 10 years rated at 100%, then the surviving spouse is entitled to a continued benefit payment under Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC) . This is in addition to any other retirement or insurance benefits provided by the military or civilian community.
In many cases the survivors include dependent children. It is important to maintain good records for the survivor claim because this is an extension of the veteran claim.
Information on Education Benefits for Vets and Dependents (GI Bill, Voc. Rehab.)
Both Washington State and Federal laws provide veterans and dependents with education payment and access options. It is worth the time to look into because the number one best way to improve our lives is through education. School opens doors to work opportunities and better pay regardless of age, gender, social or cultural background.
DAV hosts scholarship programs for veteran dependents and survivors. We also have many veteran members with experience in using GI Bill benefits, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Washington Veteran Tuition Waivers. Ask your DAV Chapter about local schools and colleges with veteran support.
Keep in mind that the college Financial Aid Officers are valuable resources even if you do not have grants or loans. They can help anyone in their school achieve success. Also, veterans with disabilities of any kind can use the Disability Coordinators to make sure they have the extra resources they need. So, remember the Veterans desk, the Financial Aid office and the Disability Services office are the most valuable resources in any school or college.
Information on VA Insurance Benefits (VGLI)
In addition to VA Compensation benefits, veterans have access to insurance programs with discounted premiums and costs.
Once we are out of active service, Service Group Life Insurance (SGLI) can be exchanged for Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) and the premium payments can be waived with total and permanent VA disability.
Information and Resources for Veterans and Families
Here at DAV Chapter No.1, we have a book full or brochures, contacts and information about all kinds of local and national programs and services for veterans of all ages and eras.
In many cases, care and support for our family members includes resources or equipment for our families. Once we are out of the military, the family support resources we had are no longer open to us. It is essential to find alternatives.
DAV National Service Office
- 915 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98174
By Appointment Only
- Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri: 8:00am to 2:30pm
- Wed: 8:00am to 11:30am
DAV Department Service Office
- American Lake
VA Medical Center
Bldg. 16 -- Room 103
9600 Veterans Drive
Tacoma, WA 98493
Mon - Thu: 8:00am to 2:30pm
Wed - Closed at 12pm
- Walk-In Only
First Come First Served
DAV Chapter #1
- 1110 N. Stevens St.
Tacoma, WA 98406
- Hours: Temporarily Closed until September
DAV Chapter #18
- 5604 75th St W
Lakewood, WA 98499
DAV Chapter #5
- 2315 Burwell St
Bremerton, WA 98312
- Ph: 360-373-2397
- Fax: 360-627-288
DAV Chapter #41
- 920 Poplar St SE
Olympia, WA 98503
Seriously, this is our most valuable program outside of the service offices.
DAV volunteer drivers transport veterans hundreds of miles with door-to-door service from home to the VA appointments and back again.