Book: How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors

Book Reviews from Past Editions

"Materials are clear and extremely informative. They are invaluable resources for attorneys hoping to assist America's Veterans. "
- Linda, New Jersey

"This is the most comprehensive organized, and practical material I have experienced regarding VA benefits. "
- Candace, Ohio

" The book and form materials will be very helpful in my practice."
- Bambee, North Carolina

"Very informative - especially touching on the broad range of VA services and putting A&A in its proper perspective. Other programs have emphasized A&A and glossed over SC claims."
- Timothy, Ohio

New Book - 2019 Edition | Author, Thomas Day

How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors

How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors

$89.00 | 2019 Edition | 548 pages & Data Disc | Table of Contents


This new 2019 edition of our "How to Apply Book" is the most important revision made since our first printing in 2014. All previous year's additions are now out of date. This book is a welcome and much needed resource for veterans of any age, their surviving families, and for those who assist them. This book provides current information on VA Law and step by step instructions to help you submit "Fully Developed Claims" to VA's Intake Centers.

Major changes to Veterans Benefits occurred in 2018, including:

  • New regulations pertaining to VA Pension and Survivor Pension (aid and attendance) - 36 month look-back, penalties for transferring assets, bright-line net-worth limit, and more...
  • Important new rules pertaining to unfavorable decisions and how those are handled
  • Several new forms and important revisions of existing forms
  • New rules pertaining to when fees can be legally be charged for assistance with claims

This "How to Apply" book includes:

  • 2019 Rates for Pension, Compensation, DIC, SMC, and more...
  • Case Studies involving the New Rules for Pension and Survivor Pension
  • Understanding aid and attendance and housebound allowances
  • How assets can be reduced to meet the new bright line net worth limit with aid and attendance pension
  • Newest filing procedures for Pension and Survivors Pension with Aid & Attendance or Housebound Allowances,
  • Newest filing procedures for Compensation (service-connected disabilities incurred or aggravated during active military service) including Presumed Service-Connected, POW, Chronic Conditions, Ionizing Radiation, Agent Orange, Disability Caused by Illness, Combat or Other Injury, Existing Conditions, Exposure to Hazards, Chemicals and Harmful Environmental Conditions, PTSD – Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Noise Induced Hearing Loss with Tinnitus, PTIU – Permanent and Total Disability Due to Individual Unemployability, Gulf War Disorders, Reevaluation or Change for an Existing Benefit, Section 1151 Claim, Tropical Diseases, and more...,
  • Newest filing procedures for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), a death benefit for survivors of veterans who died on active duty or as a result of service-connected disability or as a result of improper treatment from VA healthcare or rehabilitation services,
  • How to Apply posthumously for a veteran who was not on claim
  • Newest procedures on how to obtain additional long term care allowances for Compensation, Special Monthly Compensation (SMC), and DIC,
  • Updates and enrollment information for Veterans Health Care,
  • Application instructions for Burial Benefits, Accrued Benefits, and CHAMP VA, and
  • Information regarding Vocational Rehabilitation, Homeless Veteran Support, and more...

This book also provides information on:

  • New rules and procedures for reviews and appeals for adverse decisions,
  • Why there are more unfavorable decisions for compensation claims and how to get around the problem with unfavorable decisions
  • VA’s new paperless claim system and how to overcome its limitations,
  • Obtaining survivor income benefits when the deceased veteran was not on claim,
  • Instructions for setting up a new eBenefits account or filing paper claims,
  • Advantages and pitfalls with using eBenefits for Compensation and Pension Claims,
  • Advantages for obtaining private nexus opinions for Compensation Claims,
  • Advantages for obtaining private DBQ's for Compensation Claims,
  • VA Regional Offices and State Veterans Nursing Homes,
  • Home Improvement Grants,
  • Handling Denial Letters, Submitting New/Material Information, and Making an Appeal, and
  • Loan Guarantee, Education Benefits, and more...

DiscClaim Support Disc included!
Disc - Intake Center Mailing/Faxing Information, 240 + Current VA forms, 2019 Benefit Rates, Detailed Checklists (instructions for each type of claim), Medical Examination Worksheets, and Medical Questionnaires, and the Federal Register Publication for Net Worth, Asset Transfers, and Income Exclusions for Needs-Based Benefits.

Message from the Author, Thomas Day

Thomas Day"There are scores of books available on veterans benefits. We have perused a number of them through purchase and many others through published tables of content and published excerpts and we believe that none of them contain the level of instructions on the complicated claim processes that we provide in this publication. Many of these other books describe how to qualify for the benefits and what the benefits are and then obliquely reference a few forms that can be obtained online. Others do go into more detail on what encompasses a successful claim but they do not provide step-by-step instructions. It is our opinion that none of these books would adequately assist you in filing a successful claim. We believe our book is totally unique in providing you the nuts and bolts, step-by-step instructions and strategies to file successful claims for the four disability income benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs."