How to add a dependent through eBenefits

VA strongly recommends that Veterans file their dependency claim through eBenefits

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


Tim Hudak

  joined the VA in December 2013 and is on the Veterans Experience Office team. Tim, a Chicago-land native enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. As an intelligence analyst he deployed to Al Anbar province, Iraq with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 in 2006 and 2008. After the Marine Corps, Tim used the GI Bill to earn a degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., and co-founded the university’s first student Veteran organization. Tim is active in many Veteran organizations.


  1. Mike Wilson    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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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