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I was awarded 40 percent when I got out of Army in 05.My son was born before my I was never told I could add him.Now I'm 90 and I was told in June I could add him his 9 now how far will they back pay?

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I was awarded 40 percent when I got out of Army in 05.My son was born before my I was never told I could add him.Now I'm 90 and I was told in June I could add him his 9 now how far will they back pay?

They do not pay additional dependent compensation automatically - a claim and specific information

of proof of dependent must be submitted first.

I do not see where you would have any "back pay" since there was no submission requesting the benefit.

Form 21-686c

http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-686c-ARE.pdf

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That's how the VA saves money, by cheating the veteran. They feel you should have known. Your VSO screwed up and you lose because of it. Sorry!

Every claimant should own a copy of the Veterans Benefits Manual, printed by LexisNexis for $150, http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/catalog/booktemplate/productdetail.jsp?pageName=relatedProducts&skuId=SKU12734&catId=1&prodId=12734

The 2014 edition is due out in Sept. I know it's a little pricey but you can't afford not to own one. Think of the money you've lost. jmo

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Man I didn't know i could add him when I first file when I got out. My VSO did everything

His added now as of June

I have a feeling that your rating decision that awarded your 40% SC, most likely

contained a couple of pages with information like appeal rights and dependent allowance,

forms to include a 21-686c, etc . . .

Many times claimants just look at the decision - see the pages for appeal rights and

say to themselves - well I got approved so I'm not going to appeal anything - put the

paper work back in the envelope - never to be looked at again.

This might not be your scenario but I'm sure many claimants have done, exactly this.

BTW - just for sheets & giggles, check your original paper work to see if a 21-686c

was submitted with the original claim - just so happened my was back in 1978.

jmho

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It wasn't submitted by my VSO. THE new guy asked me why wasn't my son on my award then he submit the application. Man wish I knew was just getting out Army they didn't teach us about claims

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