VA Form 21-686c, Declaration of Status of Dependents, is a form used for applying for additional disability compensation benefits for a dependent if a veteran has a service-related disability rating of at least 30%. The latest version of the form was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in September 2018 and superseded the now obsolete 2017 edition. A fillable VA Form 21-686c is available for download below or can be filed online using our PDF-filing application.
The form describes the relationship between a veteran and dependent and specifies a dependent's status which - in turn - helps the authorities identify the benefits applicable in a particular case. Any changes in status - like the birth or adoption of a new child, death, marriage, or divorce - must be reported to the VA via the VA Form 21-686c. The VA cannot make adjustments to dependents' status or add and remove dependents automatically without being informed of the changes.
A veteran may also opt for changing the status of dependents electronically via eBenefits (electronic applications are processed quicker!).
The filled-in copy of the form should be sent to the regional VA intake center that will process the documents and inform the claimant on any changes to their status.