In response to my informal claim, the VA just sent me the packet to fill out. Their form 21-526 has 2 holes punched through the top of all papers. At the bottom, it says VA form Jan 2004. On the forms I have already filled out between sending the informal claim and getting the claim number, the 21-526 says VA form Sept 09 at the bottom and says the 2004 form will no longer be accepted. I downloaded the forms I have already filled out from the VA site. Questions: 1. why are they sending out forms they say they won't accept? I don't really care why... I guess I am just checking to see if my interpretation is correct. 2. Can I just send in the already completed 2009 forms and expect things to go smoothly or should I redo the info onto forms they sent (the ones that say 2004 at the bottom) Thanks for the help. I am excited to get the claim packet today . I feel like a few more questions to this forum and I will be done.