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Dependent Verification Requirement
A recent visit to the Langley AFB AMVETS office revealed a situation that veterans receiving service-connected disability compensation and who also receive compensation for spouse and/or children may encounter. The VA sends out requests periodically for status of dependents (via VA FORM 21-0538) to verify entitlement to payments. These requests must be returned within 60 days. Failure to return the request form will result in a reduction of your benefit payment and possibly a request for payment of past monies received.
The VA sends these requests to the address that they have for you. If it is returned to the VA as undeliverable, the VA attempts to find other addresses and resends the form. After repeated attempts the VA begins the 60 day count. Whether you received the request or not is unknown.
AMVETS have received calls from veterans who have gotten payment requests from the VA for large sums of money. These veterans claim to have never received the request form.
Veterans who receive compensation for dependents need to make sure the VA has your current address. Veterans may also want to update their status of dependents to be on the safe side. The VA FORM 21-0538 may be obtained online by doing a search for VA FORM 21-0538. The completed form should be sent to a VA Regional Office.