About VA Form 21P-534
- Related to: Disability, Family member benefits, Pension
- Form last updated: August 2023
When to use this form
Use VA Form 21P-534 if you prefer to provide evidence at a later time to support your claim. You can use this form if you’re a surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who has died and want to begin the process of applying for VA benefits or money that we owe the Veteran but did not pay prior to his or her death.
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DIC eligibility for survivors of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans
If we denied your Blue Water Navy Veteran’s service-connected disability claim in the past, you may be eligible for DIC benefits based on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.
Veterans who served on a Blue Water Navy vessel offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or on another U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship operating in the coastal waterways of Vietnam between November 1, 1955, and May 7, 1975, are now entitled to a presumption of service connection for illnesses related to Agent Orange exposure. This is a result of Public Law 116-23, also known as the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.
Related forms and instructions
VA Form 21P-534EZ
Form name: Application for DIC, Survivors Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits
Use VA Form 21P-534EZ if you want to submit evidence along with your claim, using the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) program to get a decision on your claim faster. You can use this form if you’re:
- A surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who has died
- Applying for VA benefits and/or the money that we owe the Veteran but didn’t pay prior to their death (accrued benefits)
- Using the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) program to get a decision on your claim faster by submitting evidence along with your claim
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