When filing any type of Veterans benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs, make sure to include VA Form 21-686c Declaration of Status of Dependents and VA form 21-526, Part C: Dependency and have a copy of your marriage certificate (if married). Mare sure to complete all pages, and SECTION I to SECTION III must be completed. Read all forms fully and ask the VA representative for assistance if needed. Ask for your own copy of all forms filed with your claim. When writing responses about a letter you received from Dept of Veterans Affairs, make sure to write your claim file number on top of each page. Best to go to your County Records Office and ask the clerk to file your DD Form 214 and ask for a copy with stamp showing your name and the date you filed.