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Can a parent claim a child as a dependent for VA disability…

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Can a parent claim a child as a dependent for VA disability compensation if they do not live with you for at least half of a year?

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He have been getting the benefit since june of 2016

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Is the money awarded to the veteran for the children suppose to go to the child or do the veteran get to keep that money for himself

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VA disability recipients may apply for dependent benefits for any spouse or child whom they are legally liable to support, even if the child is not living with the recipient for more than 180 days. The money is provided to the veteran to assist them with their needs in providing for the dependent, be it assisting with providing child support or other support for the needs of the dependent. The benefits do not go directly to the dependent, they go to the veteran for them to use to assist them in providing what they are legally required to provide for the dependent and to assist the veteran meet their other needs while doing so.

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