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14 Questions about Veterans Disability Compensation Benefits Claims 

When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA Disability Claims.

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VA requires Foreign spouse living abroad to apply for a pseudo SSNs at Social Security


My husband is a 100 percent disabled veteran. He wants to get myself and my nine-year-old son listed as his dependents to increase his compensation and get us under CHAMPVA medical.

When we called the VA, they told us, in order for my husband to add a spouse and son as a dependent, the VA requires us to apply for a pseudo SSNs at Social Security, but we are living out of the country now and will be until we acquire US visa’s, this could take many months or more than a year.

The questions I have are:

1.   Is this true?

2.   Do we apply for SSN at the American embassy?

3.   If so, what documents would be required to apply?


Thank you,


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Yes... That is true... a pseudo SSA #


This link is old from the Veterans Benefit Network but there might be more info at that site.

I dont know about the embassy but if not the American embassy, the State Department might have their offices in the same building.



We have had vets here living abroad who had their claims handled via the State Department.

I will try to find out more info.

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I am sure the VA FMP would know. Their contact #s are here:


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c. Nonresident Aliens Without SSNs

M21-1, Part III, Subpart iii, Chapter 5, Section A

Section A. General Information on Relationship and Dependency

Many nonresident aliens do not have SSNs, and VA does not require them to obtain one. Accordingly, it is unnecessary to request an SSN for an individual who


  • has no SSN

  • is not a United States citizen, and

  • resides outside

  • the United States

  • the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,

  • the Virgin Islands

  • American Samoa

  • Guam, or

  • the Northern Marianas.

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