Are your family members entitled to VA benefits?
If you are a Veteran who receives VA Disability Compensation with a rating of at least 30 percent, you may be entitled to additional monthly benefits if you have dependents. You may receive additional monthly allowances for your wife, minor children, children between the ages of 18 and 23 who are attending school, children who are permanently incapable of self-support because of a disability arising before age 18, and dependent parents.
To ensure you are receiving the maximum benefits you are entitled to, you should tell the VA about your dependents as soon as possible. To let the VA know this, you may complete a VA Form 21-686c. It’s important to complete the forms as soon as possible, as the VA will only adjust your rate of pay AFTER it is made aware of your dependents’ status. It is your responsibility to tell the VA that you have dependents. Even if you have told them about your dependents, it is always good policy to follow up and verify that the VA is paying you at the correct rate and including all of your dependents. These charts provide the difference in pay between a Veteran alone and a Veteran with dependents.