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Helping Washington Veterans Since 1921

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Help with VA Claims

DAV Provides FREE Help to all Veterans and Surviving Spouses

VA Claims for Service Connected Compensation and Medical Care (C&P)

The first thing all veterans should know is that VA compensation benefits are not automatic. We have to make a legal claim for the insurance benefit of compensation for the partial or complete loss of ability to produce income from work because of the lasting effect of each medical condition, which was caused or aggravated by military service.

In other words, we must prove that (1) something happened during our military service and (2) now we have a diagnosis of medical condition that (3) a doctor has entered a medical opinion which states that the current condition is as likely as not related to, or caused by, the thing that happened in the military.

The difficulty is gathering the records and documents which basically prove our claims. Your DAV Service Officer can help you request copies of your Service Records and put together a well prepared FDC claim. It is up to you to keep track of your claim records, personal history and other legal documents that prove your claim. DAV is here to help you learn what you need to do and how to do it, so you can make a more effective claim.

The more you learn about your part in the claim process, the better you will be prepared. The better prepared you are, the better you will do in the VA claim process. Get your checklist and start organizing your records for an effective claim. Contact a DAV Service Officer for assistance. We are here so you are not alone.

Benefit Claims for Survivors of Deceased Veteran (DIC))

When a veteran dies from service connected medical conditions or after 10 years rated at 100%, then the surviving spouse is entitled to a continued benefit payment under Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC) . This is in addition to any other retirement or insurance benefits provided by the military or civilian community.

In many cases the survivors include dependent children. It is important to maintain good records for the survivor claim because this is an extension of the veteran claim.

Information and Resources for Veterans and Families

Here at DAV Chapter No.1, we have a book full or brochures, contacts and information about all kinds of local and national programs and services for veterans of all ages and eras.

In many cases, care and support for our family members includes resources or equipment for our families. Once we are out of the military, the family support resources we had are no longer open to us. It is essential to find alternatives.

Service Offices

  • Seattle

    • DAV National Service Office
         Full-Time Employees

    • 915 2nd Ave.
         Room. 1040
      Seattle, WA 98174

    • 206-341-8267

    • Hours:
         By Appointment Only
    • Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri: 8:00am to 2:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am to 11:30am

  • American Lake

    • DAV Department Service Office
         Full-Time Employee

    • American Lake
        VA Medical Center
      Bldg. 16 -- Room 103
      9600 Veterans Drive
      Tacoma, WA 98493

    • 253-583-1303

    • Hours:
      Mon - Thu: 8:00am to 2:30pm
      Wed - Closed at 12pm
    • Walk-In Only
      First Come   First Served

  • Tacoma

    • DAV Chapter #1
         Part-Time Volunteers

    • 1110 N. Stevens St.
      Tacoma, WA 98406

    • 253-752-2970

  • Lakewood

    • DAV Chapter #18
         Part-Time Volunteers

    • 5604 75th St W
      Lakewood, WA 98499

    • 253-472-4680

  • Bremerton

    • DAV Chapter #5
         Part-Time Volunteers

    • 2315 Burwell St
      Bremerton, WA 98312

    • Ph: 360-373-2397
    • Fax: 360-627-288

  • Olympia

    • DAV Chapter #41
         Part-Time Volunteers

    • 920 Poplar St SE
      Olympia, WA 98503

    • 360-459-7400

DAV Vans

Seriously, this is our most valuable program outside of the service offices.


DAV volunteer drivers transport veterans hundreds of miles with door-to-door service from home to the VA appointments and back again.

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