What is a VA form 4138?
A VA Form 21-4138 is commonly used by a veteran to let the VA know important information when they have filed a claim for disability benefits or disability compensation. Some veterans write about all claims that they have pending before the VA on one form.
Who can fill out a VA form 21-4138?
When filing a VA disability claim, former military service members can fill out the VA Form 21-4138, also known as the Statement in Support of Claim. This is a multi-purpose form that has been used by the VA for many years, on which veterans are able to write any information that they would like the VA to know.
Can I still use VA form 21-4138?
You can also use VA 21-4138 to either establish initial service connection for a condition OR in a claim requesting an increase in rating (due to the progression or increased severity of a service-connected condition).
Do buddy letters help with VA claims?
A VA buddy letter, or lay statement, can be used to help support a veteran’s claim and provide insight into how a veteran’s condition affects their daily life.
Can I write my own buddy statement?
If the buddy letter is written by a fellow service member, they may describe the in-service event based on their own experience. Below are some common examples of people who may write a lay statement for a veteran.
How do you write a VA claim letter?
Here are some tips for writing a buddy letter:
- Keep it short. Remember that the person processing the claim has to read through a lot of information.
- Include contact information.
- Include a closing statement.
- Use the VA Form.
- Don’t spoon-feed the author.
How do you write a letter to a veteran?
Write a Letter to a Veteran, Active Duty Servicemember or First…
- Write an introduction.
- Write a message of thanks and gratitude to express how we are fortunate to have them serving and sacrificing so much to keep us safe.
- Last, close your letter by signing your first name only or your initials.