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M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, Chapter 1, Section C

Section C. Initial Screening Policies

Overview




In this Section

This section contains the following topics:




Topic

Topic Name

See Page

10

Recording the Date of Receipt

1-C-2

11

Checking the Signature of the Claimant

1-C-4

12

Referring Claims Filed by Foreign Claimants

1-C-6

13

Handling Claims for Special Benefits

1-C-7

14

Handling Employee-Veteran Claims

1-C-8

15

Handling Claims of Veterans Separated From VA Employment

1-C-14

16

Handling Claims Involving Retirement Pay, Separation Pay, Disability Severance Pay, and Readjustment Pay

1-C-17

17

Handling Claims Involving the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) and Special Separation Benefit (SSB) Programs

1-C-20

18

Handling Notification of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)

1-C-22



10. Recording the Date of Receipt




Introduction

This topic contains policies for recording the date of receipt, including


  • handling and return of original documents

  • VA requirements to record date of receipt

  • recording date of receipt on original documents

  • claims with no date-of-receipt stamp, and

  • requests from the Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) or designee.



Change Date

September 30, 2010



a. Handling and Return of Original Documents

A claimant might submit an original document, such as a marriage, birth or discharge certificate as evidence in support of a claim. Such documents may have sentimental value for the claimant and some older documents may not be replaceable. After the document has served its purpose, return it to the claimant.


  • Exercise reasonable care in handling original documents to avoid stapling or hole punching.

  • Photocopy the original document and stamp or annotate the copy as a duplicate of the original document.

  • Record the date of receipt of the original document on the copy of the document and file that copy in the claims folder.

  • Return the original document using an envelope of sufficient size to avoid folding flat documents.


Reference: For specific requirements to return original documents, see

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 3.C.7, and

  • M23-1, Part I, 2.45 and 2.47.



b. VA Requirements to Record Date of Receipt

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requires a date-of-receipt stamp on all of the following information received by the regional office (RO) mailroom:


  • claims

  • applications, and

  • associated evidence.

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c. Recording Date of Receipt on Original Documents

Do not stamp the date of receipt directly on original documents. If the original document is accompanied by a cover letter, stamp the date of receipt on the cover letter. If the document did not have a cover letter, use the document’s envelope, an Optional Form 41, Routing and Transmittal Slip, or a blank paper to stamp the date of receipt, then affix the stamped document to the original document with a paper clip. Original documents may include, but are not limited to, such documents as


  • discharge certificates

  • court records and papers that a court might file, and

  • marriage, birth, and death certificates.


Reference: For more information about receiving and date-stamping original documents, see M23-1, Part I, 1.11 d (3)(a).



d. Claims With No Date-of-Receipt Stamp

Use a date-of-receipt stamp upon review of an unstamped claim received in the Veterans Service Center (VSC).



e. Requests from VSCM or Designee

Use a date-of-receipt stamp if the Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) or designee requires it to document unusual delays in receiving documents in the division.



11. Checking the Signature of the Claimant




Introduction

This topic contains policies for checking the signature of a claimant, including


  • signature by mark or thumbprint

  • signature by pencil, and

  • unsigned original applications.



Change Date

September 30, 2010



a. Signature by Mark or Thumbprint

Accept signatures by mark or thumbprint only if any one of the following individuals (or group of individuals) witness the mark or thumbprint:


  • two persons who give their addresses

  • a VA employee

  • a service organization representative

  • an attorney

  • an accredited agent

  • a notary public, or

  • a person having the authority to administer oaths for general purposes.


References: For more information on

  • signature by mark or thumbprint, see 38 CFR § 3.2130, and

  • representatives, attorneys, or agents, see M21-1MR, Part I, 3.A.2.a.



b. Signature by Pencil

Accept forms containing signatures by pencil.



c. Unsigned Original Applications

Treat an unsigned original application as an informal claim.
Note: While normal development procedures and rules of evidence apply to Veterans On Line Applications (VONAPP) claims, the signature requirement for a substantially complete claim does not apply when a claim is filed electronically through VONAPP. See M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.A.3.c for more information.

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c. Unsigned Original Applications (continued)

Reference: For more information on unsigned applications and informal claims, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 2.D.


12. Referring Claims Filed by Foreign Claimants




Introduction

This topic contains policies for referring claims submitted by foreign claimants, including


  • claims from Veterans residing in foreign countries, and

  • claims from dependents residing in foreign countries.



Change Date

September 30, 2010



a. Claims From Veterans Residing in a Foreign Country

Use the table below to refer a claim filed by a Veteran residing outside the jurisdiction of an RO.



For a Veteran residing in …

Refer the claim to the …

  • Mexico

  • Central America

  • South America, or

  • the Caribbean

Houston RO.

Canada

White River Junction RO.

foreign countries other than those listed above

Pittsburgh RO.



b. Claims From Dependents Residing in a Foreign Country

The residence of a Veteran’s dependent does not affect jurisdictional requirements.
Determine jurisdictional requirements solely by the Veteran’s residence and entitlement.
Reference: For more information on dependents residing in a foreign country, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 3.C.11.



13. Handling Claims for Special Benefits




Introduction

This topic contains information on handling claims for special benefits, including


  • where to find information on handling ancillary claims



Change Date

September 30, 2010


a. Where to Find Information on Handling Ancillary Claims

Use the table below to locate information on claims for special ancillary benefits.




If the form received is …

Then, for more information …

VA Form 21-4502, Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment Under 38 U.S.C. 3901-3904

see M21-1MR, Part IX, Subpart i, 2.

VA Form 26-4555, Veteran’s Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant Under 38 U.S.C. 2101(a) or (b)

see M21-1MR, Part IX, Subpart i, 3.

VA Form 10-8678, Application for Annual Clothing Allowance Under 38 U.S.C. 1162

contact the prosthetics department of the nearest VA medical facility.



14. Handling Employee-Veteran Claims




Introduction

This topic contains information on handling claims of Veterans who are also employees, including


  • applying employee-Veteran procedures to nonemployee cases

  • completion of VA Form 20-0344, Annual Certification of Veteran Status and Veteran-Relatives, by new employees

  • action taken after employee completes VA Form 20-0344

  • review of the claims folder upon receipt of VA Form 20-0344a, Notification of an Employee or Employee-Relative Claims File

  • request for an examination of an employee-Veteran

  • when the Veteran is employed at the examination facility

  • transfer of employee-Veteran claims folders

  • when a claim is filed in the absence of VA Form 20-0344a

  • handling claims that involve medical treatment only

  • maintenance of employee-Veteran folders



Change Date

September 30, 2010



a. Applying Employee-Veteran Procedures to Nonemployee Cases

The procedures in this topic cover those employee-Veterans for whom VA Form 20-0344a, Notification of an Employee or Employee-Relative Claims File, is prepared.
Note: if the Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) determines that a potential conflict of interest exists in a nonemployee case

  • transfer the claims folder to the RO of jurisdiction designated in employee-Veteran cases (sister station), and

  • annotate the VA Form 70-7216a, Request for and/or Notice of Transfer of Veterans’ Records, to read “Transfer Due to Potential Conflict of Interest.”




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a. Applying Employee-Veteran Procedures to Nonemployee Cases (continued)

Note: At the VSCM’s discretion, if a potential conflict would still exist at the sister station, the claims folder may be sent to the sister station of that station.
References:

  • For a list of sister stations, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.16.d.

  • For more information about handling a claim in which there could be a conflict at the sister station, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.16.e.






b. Completion of VA Form 20-0344 by New Employees

The VA Form 20-0344, Annual Certification of Veteran Status and Veteran-Relatives, must be completed by all newly-hired employees including


  • Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees

  • work-study students who work in close proximity with VBA employees, and

  • employees of other VA organizations co-located with a VBA facility.




Note: Employees of Veterans’ service organizations are not required to complete VA Form 20-0344. However, the service organization employee-Veteran’s claims folder must contain a copy of VA Form 20-0344a.


c. Action Taken After Employee Completes VA Form 20-0344

The table below shows the action taken after the employee completes

VA Form 20-0344.




Step

Action

1

The employee submits the completed VA Form 20-0344 to the station’s Information Security Officer (ISO).

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c. Action Taken After Employee Completes VA Form 20-0344 (continued)




Step

Action

2

The ISO prepares VA Form 20-0344a for the employee-Veteran’s claims folder and ensures the


  • claims folder is appropriately linked to his/her BDN access number, and

  • appropriate BDN security level is assigned to the employee-Veteran’s record.


Note: The employee-Veteran’s BDN records are electronically locked as soon as the ISO prepares VA Form 20-0344a.

References: For more information on BDN security levels, see

  • M20-4, Part II, VBA IRM Handbook 5.00.02 HB2, Appendix A, Sensitivity Levels, and

  • Office of Field Operations Letter 20F-03-13.

3

Is the employee-Veteran’s claims folder located at the employing office?


  • If yes, the ISO forwards a copy of VA Form 20-0344a to the local Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) to initiate transfer action of the folder to the appropriate office of jurisdiction.




  • If no, the ISO forwards a copy of VA Form 20-0344a to the VSCM at the office where the claims folder is located.


Note: Generally, the ISO would not send VA Form 20-0344a via regular action mail. The form would be sent to the attention of the VSCM or station ISO at the office in which the claims folder is located.
References: For more information on

  • offices of jurisdiction, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.16, and

  • security procedures for VBA employees, see VBA Fast Letter 01-59.

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d. Review of the Claims Folder Upon Receipt of VA Form 20-0344a

Upon receipt of VA Form 20-0344a, review the claims folder to determine if any further development on a pending issue is in order.
If development is in order, conduct appropriate development to include any necessary physical examination.
Note: VA Form 20-0344a should be reverse-filed on the right-hand side of the Veteran’s claims folder.



e. Request for an Examination of an Employee-Veteran

Request that any examination of an employee-Veteran be conducted at a facility other than the one at which he/she is employed. The VSCM is authorized to waive this requirement if he/she deems it advisable.
File a memorandum signed by the VSCM, explaining the reasons for waiving the requirement, in the claims folder.



f. When the Veteran Is Employed at the Examination Facility

If, in processing a request for a physical examination, a medical facility determines that the Veteran is also an employee of the facility in which the examination is to be conducted and a waiver is not filed in the claims folder, the medical facility returns the request to the originating office with a notation of that fact.
The RO makes other arrangements unless proper authority is provided by the VSCM for the examination to be conducted at the employing VA facility.



g. Transfer of Employee-Veteran Claims Folders

For information on the transfer of employee-Veteran claims folders, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.16.

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h. When a Claim is Filed in the Absence of VA Form 20-0344a

If a claim is filed by an employee-Veteran for whom no VA Form 20-0344a has been received


  • take action as described here in

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.C.14.d

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.C.14.e and

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.C.14.f, and

  • request that the employee submit a completed VA Form 20-0344a to the ISO.



i. Handling Claims That Involve Medical Treatment Only

If the claim is for hospital, outpatient or dental treatment only, use the following guidelines based on the nature of the claim.


  • Retain the claims folder until a claim requiring adjudicative action is received, then initiate action as provided in

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.C.14.d

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.C.14.e, and

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 1.C.14.f.




  • If the claim raises the question of character of discharge or line of duty for a disability, refer to M21-1MR, Part III. Subpart v, 1.A.1 for general information about handling these issues, then

  • initiate development of the claim, and

  • forward the claim to the RO of jurisdiction for final adjudication.

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j. Maintenance of Employee-Veteran Folders

When a VBA employee's claims folder is received in the RO of jurisdiction, maintain the folder in locked files.
Whenever an employee’s claims folder is received in the RO of his/her employment, ensure the folder is


  • there for a valid reason and on a temporary basis

  • maintained in locked files

  • acted on immediately, and

  • returned to the RO of jurisdiction at the earliest possible date.

Promptly inform the VSCM that the folder of an RO employee has been received.





15. Handling Claims of Veterans Separated From VA Employment



Introduction

This topic contains information on handling claims of Veterans who are separated from VA employment, including


  • handling Form 20-0344a, Notification of an Employee or Employee-relative Claims File, upon separation of an employee-Veteran

  • transferring a claims folder after separation of an employee

  • handling claims from former employees reemployed after separation from military service

  • handling claims from former employees not reemployed after separation from military service

  • handling the death of an employee-Veteran, and

  • processing claims from former employees, employee-relatives and service organization employees.


Change Date

September 30, 2010


a. Handling Form 20-0344a, Notification of an Employee or Employee-relative Claims File, Upon Separation of an Employee-Veteran

If the RO of jurisdiction receives a VA Form 20-0344a, Notification of an Employee or Employee-relative Claims File, with “Part II” completed indicating the separation of an employee-Veteran, including a work-study student who worked in close proximity with VBA employees


  • file the form in the claims folder

  • do not permanently transfer the claims folder to the RO from which the employee is terminated, and

  • maintain the folder in locked files for at least three years after his/her employment ends.

At the end of the three-year period, the claims folder will be placed in the general file banks at the RO of jurisdiction until transfer is in order for any reason listed in M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.13.


Note: Do not consider a date of departure on terminal sick leave as the date that employment was terminated.

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b. Transferring a Claims Folder After Separation of an Employee

If a claims folder has not been transferred in accordance with M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.16, receipt of VA Form 20-0344a reporting separation of the Veteran serves as notice to initiate transfer action. The claims folder will then revert to locked file status for a period of three years following termination of employment.
Note: Temporary transfer of a claims folder may be made to an RO for use in connection with litigation, physical examination or other actions in which a review of the folder is necessary.


c. Handling Claims From Former Employees Reemployed After Separation From Military Service

If a former employee is released from military service and reemployed by VA, VA Forms 20-0344 and 20-0344a should be prepared and processed as in new appointments.


d. Handling Claims From Former Employees Not Reemployed After Separation From Military Service

If an employee-Veteran who was separated to enter military service submits a claim or other document showing a date of release from active duty, transfer the claims folder as provided in M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.13.


e. Handling the Death of an Employee-Veteran

On the death of an employee-Veteran, the claims folder is no longer considered an employee folder. However, the deceased Veteran’s claims folder must remain locked for three years past date of death. Jurisdiction remains with the RO having possession of the folder until such time as that RO receives a request for transfer under the provisions of M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 5.D.13.

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f. Processing Claims From Former Employees, Employee-Relatives and Service Organization Employees

The policy for adjudicating claims of former VBA employees (including qualifying work-study students) who have been separated from employment for more than three years, employee-relatives (spouse, children, parents, or siblings), and service organization employees parallels the policy for employee claims. However, the claims folders will be held in general files at the office of jurisdiction.
Exception: If a qualifying work-study student is receiving benefits based on the military service of a relative, that Veteran-relative’s claims folder must be held in locked files.
Note: The records of a service organization employee should be

  • held in general files at the office of jurisdiction, and

  • electronically locked with a sensitive level 6 assigned.


Reference: For more information on sensitive level designations, see Office of Field Operations Letter 20F-03-13, Amendment to VBA IRM Handbook – Sensitive Level Designation for Regional Office Employees.



16. Handling Claims Involving Retirement Pay, Separation Pay, Disability Severance Pay, and Readjustment Pay




Introduction

This topic contains information on handling claims that involve retirement pay, separation pay, disability severance pay, or readjustment pay, including


  • determining receipt of retirement, separation, or disability severance pay

  • distinguishing between disability severance pay and severance pay awarded under 10 U.S.C. 3786

  • transfer of a Veteran to reserve status, and

  • readjustment pay.



Change Date

September 30, 2010



a. Determining Receipt of Retirement, Separation, or Disability Severance Pay

Determine from the items provided on the application, DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, and other available documents whether the Veteran applied for, or is receiving


  • retirement pay

  • separation pay under 10 U.S.C. § 1174, or

  • disability severance pay.

If it is indicated that the Veteran accepted any of the types of pay listed above, develop the claim in accordance with M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 4.B.6 and M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 5.A.1, as appropriate.



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b. Distinguishing Between Disability Severance Pay and Severance Pay Awarded Under 10 U.S.C. 3786

Do not confuse disability severance pay with severance pay awarded under 10 U.S.C. § 3786. The latter is a lump-sum payment to members of the regular establishment who are separated usually due to their failure to qualify for promotion.
There is no provision in the law requiring recoupment of severance pay awarded under 10 U.S.C. § 3786. This provision of 10 U.S.C. was repealed by Public Law (PL) 96-513, effective September 15, 1981. Any individual separated after this date who would have been entitled to severance pay under 10 U.S.C. § 3786 now receives separation pay under 10 U.S.C. § 1174 instead. The latter requires recoupment in accordance with instructions in M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 4.B.
Note: The possibility exists that individuals separated prior to September 15, 1981, may have been paid severance pay under 10 U.S.C. § 3786. Before initiating any recoupment action, determine whether or not separation was under that provision.



c. Transfer of a Veteran to Reserve Status

If the service department reports indicate transfer of the Veteran to a reserve status, no inquiry relative to the receipt of retirement or disability severance pay need be made.

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d. Readjustment Pay

If a Veteran was involuntarily released from active duty as a Reservist on or after July 9, 1956, and had completed continuous active duty of at least five years and not more than 18 years, carefully review the VA Form 21-526, Veteran’s Application for Compensation or Pension, and the available separation record to determine whether the Veteran elected


  • disability compensation or lump sum readjustment pay, or

  • deferred action on lump-sum readjustment pay.

If this information is not provided on VA Form 21-526 and is not shown on separation records




  • ask the service department if the Veteran was awarded lump-sum readjustment pay, and

  • if either the records or service department indicate that the Veteran was paid lump-sum readjustment pay, take action in accordance with M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 4.B.



17. Handling Claims Involving the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) and Special Separation Benefit (SSB) Programs




Introduction

This topic contains information on the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) and Special Separation Benefit (SSB) programs, including


  • the regulatory background on Public Law 102-190 and the VSI and SSB programs

  • eligibility criteria for VSI or SSB

  • lump sum SSB payments versus VSI installment payments, and

  • benefit offset of VSI or SSB from compensation.



Change Date

September 30, 2010



a. Regulatory Background on Public Law 102-190 and the VSI and SSB Programs

PL 102-190, enacted on December 5, 1991, added Sections 1174a and 1175 to 10 U.S.C. The purpose of these sections is to encourage service members who would otherwise face possible involuntary separation or denial of reenlistment to separate voluntarily. Service members have the option to receive payment under one of the two following incentive programs:


  • Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI), and

  • Special Separation Benefit (SSB).



b. Eligibility Criteria for VSI or SSB

To qualify for either the VSI or SSB program, the service person must


  • have served on active duty for more than six years but fewer than 20 years as of December 5, 1991

  • have served at least five years of continuous active duty immediately before separation, and

  • agree to serve in the Ready Reserve.


Note: Service persons approved for separation under SSB or VSI must have separated on or before September 30, 1995.

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c. Lump-Sum SSB Payments Versus VSI Installment Payments

Use the table below for information on SSB payments versus VSI payments.




If the service person is approved for separation under the …

Then the service person is paid …

SSB program

a lump-sum payment equal to 15 percent of his/her annual basic pay multiplied by the number of years of active service.

VSI program

annual installments that


  • are equal to 2.5 percent of his/her basic pay multiplied by the number of years of service, and

  • are paid by the Department of Defense (DoD) on each anniversary thereafter.


Note: Generally, the total number of payments equals twice the number of years of active service, provided the member continues to serve in a Reserve component for the duration of the payments.



d. Benefit Offset of VSI or SSB From Compensation

Regardless of whether the service person selects the VSI or SSB program, if he/she is entitled to receive VA compensation for the same period of service, either the VA compensation or the DoD VSI (or the SSB) benefit must be offset to prevent concurrent receipt of benefits.
Reference: For more information and identification of these cases, see

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 4.B.5, and

  • M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 4.B.8.



18. Handling Notification of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)



Introduction

This topic contains information on initial action when there is an indication of surviving spouse entitlement to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), including


  • background of the SBP

  • restriction on concurrent payment of SBP and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

  • claims folder flash of SBP eligibility to avoid concurrent payment, and

  • coordination of DIC with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)


Change Date

September 30, 2010


a. Background of the SBP

The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) was established under Public Law 92-425 for the purpose of providing an annuity for surviving spouses of


  • active and retired service personnel, and

  • commissioned officers of the

  • Public Health Service (PHS), and

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


b. Restriction on Concurrent Payment of SBP and DIC

Generally, VA cannot pay Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) to a surviving spouse who is concurrently receiving SBP benefits. In order to avoid an overpayment of VA benefits, review the evidence to determine if the deceased Veteran was


  • retired, or

  • on active duty, but eligible for retirement.


c. Claims Folder Flash of SBP Eligibility to Avoid Concurrent Payment

If the military finance center indicates that SBP benefits are payable, or if that information is identified in the evidence of record, back flash that document until a claim is filed and VA makes a decision.




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c. Claims Folder Flash of SBP Eligibility to Avoid Concurrent Payment (continued)

Note: If a claims folder does not exist or if it is located at RMC, a notice of death (NOD) folder should be established in which to back flash the notification of SBP eligibility.
References: For information about

  • establishing a claims folder, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart ii, 3.B.3.a,

  • establishing a NOD folder, see M21-1MR, Part III. Subpart ii, 8.C.13.b, and

  • using the VA/DoD Identity Repository (VADIR) as an alternative source of a Veteran’s service data through Veterans Information Solution (VIS), see the VIS User Guide.



d. Coordination of DIC With the DFAS

At local discretion, either the finance activity or the Veterans Service Representative (VSR) should contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) before paying DIC if there is an indication that SBP benefits are payable.
Note: The VSR or finance activity should

  • record the results of the contact on VA Form 21-0820, Report of General Information, and

  • file the VA Form 21-0820 in the center flap of the claims folder.


Rationale: Coordination with DFAS should reduce the possibility of payment of concurrent benefits.
Reference: For more information on processing DIC claims with SBP eligibility, see M21-1MR, Part IV, subpart iii, 3.I.



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