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VA Benefits Claims Assistance

Qualifying veterans can be eligible for disability benefits and other pension programs including Aid and Attendance.

Individuals and organizations are available to help you file for VA benefits free of charge.

If in doubt call the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs and we will help you:  801-326-2372

VA Accredited Claims Representatives:

Federal Law, Title 38 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations)  govern individuals providing VA claims assistance and the representation of VA claimants to ensure those veterans have responsible, qualified representation in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits.

Any individual providing VA benefits claims assistance must be accredited by the VA.

A searchable list of VA-accredited representatives in the State of Utah, including Veterans Service Organizations, agents, and attorneys, is available at the VA Office of General Counsel website: www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp.

Claims Assistance Disclosure Requirements:

In addition, Utah Code §71-13-103 stipulates each person offering to assist veterans in applying for benefits shall disclose in writing, the federal laws, regulations, and rules governing assistance for VA benefits.

The only permissible disclosure form format is UDVMA Form 1, May 2015.

Also pursuant to Utah Code §71-13-103, no provision of this form may be struck out or designated as N/A. A copy of this completed form shall be provided to the veteran on the day it is signed. Additionally, the Claims Representative must send a signed copy to the UDVMA within 5 working days (550 Foothill Blvd, Suite 105, Salt Lake City, UT 84113 or veterans@utah.gov) and retained on file for 3 years.

For additional information on the legislation establishing the provisions of Utah Code §71-13-103, please see House Bill 205, 2015 Legislative Session.

Accredited representatives of the following organizations are exempt from these provisions:

 

State of Utah Department of Veteran & Military Affairs       801.326.2372

Disabled American Veterans     801.326.2375

American Legion         801.326.2380

Veterans of Foreign Wars      801.326.2385

Military Order of the Purple Heart     801.326.2471
Vietnam Veterans of America
American Veterans (AMVET)

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