It depends on where you are in the process of filing for a disability award.
If you have not yet applied for a Disability Award
You can file an additional claim for a dependent at the same time you file your initial claim for disability compensation.
If you receive a combined disability rating of at least 30%, we will automatically consider you eligible for additional compensation for your dependent.
Find out how to file a Disability Award claim
If you have one or more dependents, but you did not claim them when you applied for disability compensation
If you have a combined disability rating of at least 30%, you can apply for Supplemental Disability Award now.
If anything changes in your family situation after you receive a Combined Disability Rating of at least 30%
You can apply for Supplementary Disability Benefit each time you add a dependent.
You can add a dependent if:
- You are getting married
- You have or adopt a child
- Your child is between 18 and 23 years old and attends school full time
- We determine that your child, who is at least 18 years old, became permanently disabled before turning 18
- You become the caregiver of a relative whose income and net worth are below a certain amount