VA Form 21-0538, Mandatory Status of Dependents is a document issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The main purpose of this paper is to collect information necessary to determine veterans' eligibility for additional payments for their dependents (spouse and/or children).
The latest version of the form was released by the VA in April 2013. An up-to-date fillable version of the VA Form 21-0538 is available for download and digital filing below or can be found on the VA website.
Veterans that have dependents are entitled to a higher level of compensation than veterans without dependents. The VA needs to be updated about a reduction or increase in the number of dependents. That is the VA occasionally sends veterans a VA 21-0538 form for completion in order to obtain the most recent information. The VA Status of Dependents Questionnaire is sent to the service members who:
The disabled veterans are responsible for reporting any changes to the number of their dependents. The Questionnaire will be sent if the VA has not received any reports of changes for a long time. The willful submission of any false statements or evidence, as well as fraudulent acceptance of the payments the veteran is not entitled to may lead to a fine and/or imprisonment.