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What is a VA form 4138?

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:

  1. Keep it short. Remember that the person processing the claim has to read through a lot of information.
  2. Include contact information.
  3. Include a closing statement.
  4. Use the VA Form.
  5. 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…

  1. Write an introduction.
  2. 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.
  3. Last, close your letter by signing your first name only or your initials.

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