Veterans may apply for benefits on-line from overseas using their home computer.  The Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) requires that you have one of four specific browsers installed on your computer and a minimum capability of 128-bit encryption.  If you do not currently have the correct browser, you can download one for free from the Veterans Benefits website.  The Veterans Benefits website will tell you if you need to download encryption software, and they will provide a free download link if this is the case.  Please note that the encryption may not work in all countries.

Request a Proof of Income or Benefits Verification Letter (certification)

If you need proof that you are receiving VA/DFAS benefits, you can request a benefits verification letter (certification). This letter is sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter”.

To request a verification (certification) letter at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, please request a “notarial and other services” appointment by clicking here.

On the day of your appointment you will need to submit:

  • Valid U.S. passport or Chilean ID.
  • Documentation from VA/DFAS indicating the monthly amount you receive
  • $50.00 USD notary fee (you may pay in cash dollars, pesos, or credit card.  No redcompra or checks are accepted)

How to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs?

Veterans Affairs Publications: