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Can I Add a Dependent to my VA Disability Rating?

SethAre you 30% combined service connected? Do you have a spouse and/or children? Have a dependent parent? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be eligible for additional compensation.

In order to be eligible to add dependent(s) for additional compensation, you must have a combined total of 30% service connection or higher. Once you are eligible, you may add a child, spouse, or dependent parent. A child can be biological, adopted, or a stepchild. The child also must be 18 years of age or under, or be enrolled in school if over 18. As far as the question, “Can there be back pay?”  The answer is yes, if you submit your claim within one year of a birth, marriage, or a parent becoming dependent. You will then receive back pay to the event.

An example of two percentages with the different type of dependents you can claim is as follows:

Percentage

Veteran Alone

Veteran and Spouse

Veteran and One Child

Veteran, Spouse and one Child

Veteran, Spouse, Child, and one Parent

Additional Child Under 18

School Child Over 18

30%

$389

$436

$420

$469

$506

$22

$74

80%

$1,478

$1,602

$1,561

$1,692

$1,791

$62

$198

To apply you will need to fill out the VA form 21‐686c. Call our office if you need help or have any questions. 1‐877‐838‐3726.

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