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Important Documentation

If applicable, bring the following documents when filing a claim for VA benefits:

  • DD214's and/or discharge documents
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Previous Marriage / Divorce decrees
  • Birth Certificates for self & all dependent family members
  • Death Certificate
  • Adoption Documents
  • Naturalization / Immigration Documents
  • VA Decision Letters in chronological order
  • Summary / Supportive letters from doctors
  • Copy of personal health summary
  • Copy of medical directive / advance care planning
  • Copy of last will or living trust
  • Known location of all insurance documents
  • Copy of burial pre-planning documents
  • Medical records can be filed as you wish, but must be easily accessible.  You may have hard copies, CD, or both. Suggest a separate file folder for each disability.
  • Copy of Medicare, Medical and any other medical/health insurance documents.


Next of kin or designated other should be informed about the location of the above mentioned documents.