The best way to apply for disability compensation is by obtaining an eBenefits account and applying online: http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage
When applying for compensation benefits, you must have access to the following information:
*Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent
*Medical evidence (doctor and hospital reports)
*Dependency records (marriage and children's birth certificates)
Alternatively, you may print and mail-in the VA-21-526ez or call VA at 1-800-827-1000 to have the form mailed to you.
Service members may be able to receive disability compensation benefits sooner if you apply prior to your discharge from service through the Pre Discharge Claim
Special Monthly Compensation VA will automatically award special monthly compensation if your disability qualifies. To apply for SMC if you are housebound or required the aid and attendance of someone to perform daily living functions complete va-21-2680 and mail it to your nearest VA regional office.