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

Book Reviews from Past Editions

"This is the most comprehensive, organized, and practical material I have experienced regarding VA benefits "
- Candace, Ohio | 2016

" The book and form materials will be very helpful in my practice."
- Bambee, North Carolina | 2016

"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 | 2016

"Recommended for any professional to equip themselves with all the information needed to assist persons with VA claims."
- Roy | 2015

New Book - 2017 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$79.00 | 2017 Edition | 576 pgs & Data Disc | Table of Contents


We are proud to announce publication of our new 2017 edition of our "How to Apply" book. It is a welcome and needed resource for veterans of any age, their families, and for those who assist them.

This book provides current information on VA Rules and detailed instructions on how to submit "Fully Developed Claims" to VA's Intake Centers. Most importantly, this "How to Apply" book provides step-by-step instructions to make successful claims for:

  • Non-service connected Pension and Survivor's (Death) Pension with Aid and Attendance or Housebound Allowances,
  • Disability Compensation for 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 – Posttraumatic 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...)
  • Special Monthly Compensation (SMC),
  • 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,
  • Disability Compensation, SMC, and DIC with Aid and Attendance or Housebound Allowances,
  • Burial and Accrued Benefits for Survivors
  • Home Improvement Grants (HISA), and more...

This book also provides information on:

  • 2017 Benefit Rates
  • VA Intake Centers and Regional Offices
  • Veterans Health Care (information and enrolling)
  • State Veterans Nursing Home's and other benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Homeless Support,
  • Handling Denial Letters, Submitting New/Material Information, and Making an Appeal
  • Loan Guarantee, Education Benefits, and more...

DiscClaim Support Disc included!
Disc - Intake Center Mailing/Faxing Information, 240 + Current VA forms, 2017 Benefit Rates, Detailed Checklists (instructions for each type of claim), Medical Examination Worksheets, Medical Questionnaires, and an Addendum on VA's Proposed Rule Changes for Pension.

Message from the Primary 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."