Content style guide
We often need to talk about or direct people to VA and other government forms, such as U.S. Department of Defense forms (DD forms) for Veterans.
In body copy
In general, we try to err on the side of clarity when we need to tell people about a form.
Because VA form names tend to be very long, they’re not always easy for Veterans to scan and quickly grasp. In some cases, it may be more helpful to talk about a form as a task and then mention the form number, rather than always referencing the full name and number.
OK: Complete the Request for and Authorization to Release Protected Health Information to Health Information Exchanges (VA Form 10-0485).
Better: To give us permission to share your medical information, fill out VA Form 10-0485.
In the first instance of body copy, lead with the name of the form, then the form number in parentheses. Use “VA Form” in front of the number: VA Form SGLV 8286.
- First mention: Use the Health Benefits Update form (VA Form 10-10EZR) to update your personal, financial, and insurance information.
After the first mention, refer to it by VA Form plus the form number by itself. Ideally, try to recast the sentence to refer to it generically, if you can do so without losing clarity about what form we’re referring to.
- After first mention: Send the completed VA Form 10-10EZR and any supporting documents to us.
- Or: Send the completed form and any supporting documents to us.
In CTA links, headers, and other UI elements
In CTA links, headers, subheaders, page titles, and other UI elements, use the form number. Again, this is in general for most situations. Be sure to reference the full form name somewhere close by or in context, so it’s more helpful to Veterans what the form is for.
In a CTA link:
You can apply online or mail your Application for Burial Benefits (VA Form 21P-530).
Many Veterans refer to certain forms by their more common, casual name. For example, DD214 instead of the official Department of Defense form name, DD Form 214. For forms like these, we refer to them by the term that Veterans understand. These exceptions are noted in the list of forms.
- Like this: Find out how to request your military records, including your DD214, through milConnect.
Common government forms
For VA forms not listed here, go to Find a VA form. DD forms are Department of Defense forms.
|Form number||Form name|
|DD Form 214||Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty
(commonly called DD214 or discharge or separation papers)
|DD Form 149||Application for Correction of Military Record
(commonly called DD149)
|DD Form 293||Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal
(commonly called DD293)
|VA Form SGLV 8283||Claim for Death Benefits|
|VA Form SGLV 8286||Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Election and Certificate|
|VA Form SGLV 8600||Application for TSGLI Benefits|
|VA Form SGLV 8715||Application for the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Disability Extension|
|VA Form SGLV 8721||VGLI Beneficiary Designation/Change|
|VA Form 9||Substantive Appeal|
|VA Form 10-0103||Veterans Application for Assistance in Acquiring Home Improvements and Structural Alterations|
|VA Form 10-10EC||Application for Extended Care Services|
|VA Form 10-10EZ||Application for Health Benefits|
|VA Form 10-10EZR||Health Benefits Update Form|
|VA Form 10-1394||Application for Adaptive Equipment—Motor Vehicle|
|VA Form 10-8678||Application for Annual Clothing Allowance|
|VA Form 1100||Agreement to Pay Indebtedness|
|VA Form 21-22a||Appointment of Veterans Service Organization|
|VA Form 21-526EZ||Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits|
|VA Form 21-4138||Statement in Support of Claim|
|VA Form 21-4502||Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment|
|VA Form 21-0958||Notice of Disagreement|
|VA Form 22-1990||Application for VA Education Benefits|
|VA Form 22-1990e||Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits|
|VA Form 22-1990t||Application for Individualized Tutorial Assistance|
|VA Form 22-1999||VA Enrollment Certificate|
|VA Form 22-5490||Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits|
|VA Form 26-4555||Application in Acquiring Specially Adaptive Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant|
|VA Form 29-4125||Claim for One Sum Payment|
|VA Form 29-541||Certificate Showing Residence and Heirs of Deceased Veteran|
|VA Form 4107||Your Rights to Appeal our Decision|
|VA Form 5655||Financial Status Report|