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What you should know about VA Form 21-534

  1. VA Form 21-534 is used to apply for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and death pension benefits.
  2. If a veteran dies in service or from a service-connected disability, dependency and indemnity compensation may be payable.
  3. By submitting VA Form 21-534, you may also be considered for Social Security benefits through the attached SSA-24 form.

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About VA 21-534

VA Form 21-534 is the officially titled "Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child (Including Death Compensation if Applicable)." This form is needed by surviving spouses or children of deceased veterans who are seeking various benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It serves as an application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits. The DIC is a benefit provided to surviving spouses, children, and dependent parents of veterans who died or were disabled due to military service. The Death Pension is a needs-based benefit available to low-income surviving spouses and unmarried children of deceased veterans. Accrued benefits refer to any monetary amount owed to the veteran before their death but was not received or processed. Therefore, individuals who have lost a veteran family member and wish to claim benefits like DIC, Death Pension, or Accrued Benefits must complete and submit VA Form 21-534 to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

How to complete a VA Form 21-534

  1. Read the instructions carefully before completing the form, ensuring you sign and date Items 44 and 45
  2. If the claim is for a minor or incompetent person, the legal guardian should complete the form
  3. Make sure to fill out all sections of the form, except Items 20 through 23, and leave it attached to the completed application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Death Pension and Accrued Benefits

People also ask about VA Form 21-534

What is the purpose of VA Form 21-534?
Use VA Form 21-534 to apply for VA benefits as a surviving spouse or child.
How can I contact VA if I have questions?
Contact your nearest VA regional office or call 1-800-827-1000 for assistance.
When may death pension be payable?
Death pension may be payable in various circumstances, including service-connected disability.

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