VA to Improve Online Claims Process

As part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki’s effort to streamline access to benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has removed the signature requirement for Veterans who electronically submit an online 10-10EZ “Application for Health Benefits.”  

VA hopes this will greatly reduce the time it takes for Veterans who apply online to access their medical benefits.

Previously, Veterans filling out the online application were required to print a copy, sign it and send to their local medical center or wait for a copy to be mailed to them for signature and mailing before enrollment into the VA healthcare system could occur.  

For additional information, go to or call VA’s toll free number at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). The online form is available at

Source: Department of Veterans Affairs

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Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • larry hathon

    if anyone out there knows if a 6 year national guard [viet nam] era person is elligable for any kind v.a.benefits .. please respond. thank you

    • lcvcikers

      For addi­tional infor­ma­tion, go to www​.va​.gov/​h​e​a​l​t​h​e​l​i​g​i​b​i​l​ity or call VA’s toll free num­ber at 1–877-222-VETS (8387).