Veterans who have at least a 30% combined VA disability rating can now use eBenefits to apply to add a dependent to their compensation award. Part 1 of this two-part video series walks through the step-by-step process for adding a dependent spouse and child under the age of 18 through eBenefits. VA strongly recommends that Veterans file their dependency claim through eBenefits, even if they already have a paper claim pending.

Filing online gives Veterans a faster, and in some cases a same day response, and allows VA payments to begin more quickly. Start your online dependency claim today at

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Published on Apr. 13, 2015

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  1. Mike Wilson April 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Been trying to add my wife since the summer of 2011. Status was stuck at claim received until June of last year when I followed these instructions. Now my old claim has been closed, and I have a new claim with the status of… claim received. Nice.

  2. GP Marston April 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    URGENT NOW- To protect our Veterans…….Somebody needs to review these posts and remove any that have Personally Identifiable Information. Thank you.

  3. James Luke April 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    What they don’t tell you in this video is that unless you are miraculously chosen for an automatic decision, it will take a year or two for them to add dependents. I don’t understand why it has to be done this way. I have education benefits and healthcare benefits through the VA and they have my dependents on my file. It took all of about 5 minutes for each of those departments to add them. First, why can’t they all use the same database for dependents? Second, why does it have to be done like a disability claim? why can’t you just type them in to your computer instead of making us wait for months on end?

  4. Norysol L. tamayo April 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I have a daughter that is collecting disability in the State of TX….they are giving me 4 days to comply on seeing if She qualifies with any benefits….if I do not comply they are removing her on disability monthly….pls. can someone direct me to what to do…I have been stressing out badly….My daughter’s name is Tiyanna Norysol Tamayo.

  5. joseph M skeete April 13, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I received information on my claim about my date on the accident, my recollection is either May or Jun of 1991. I try very hard to as exact as possible. [File number redacted] If you’ll like for me to send another DD 214. let me know.

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