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Frequently Asked Questions
Your secondary dependent claim package should include the following documents and forms (based on dependent relationship). Be sure to include all the items and that forms are filled out completely with all required signatures. Be sure the forms are legible to minimize any delays in processing.
Make sure you send your secondary dependency claim to the correct office. Offices responsible for determining dependency based on the type of dependent are included below.
Check out our Helpful Hints page for use in filling out the forms required for your secondary dependency claims package.
NOTE: The forms listed in the tables below are linked to online official forms for your use.
Proof of Support: Proof of the member’s monthly contribution is required.
Please note: Parent, Parent-in-Law, Step Parent or Parent by Adoption and In Loco Parentis must explain change in their financial circumstances that makes them dependent on Navy member for more than half support.
Proof of support: Proof of the member’s monthly contribution in cases where the member is deployed.
Please Note: Member must show where he/she established a residency and the ward cohabitated with him/her prior to deploying.
Annual Re-determination - (Active Duty, Retired, Reserves), all information needed for DD Form 137-3 and/or DD Form 137-7
NOTE: Secondary dependency claims for Parents, Parents-in-law, In Loco Parentis and Legal Custody Wards should be submitted through our secure AskDFAS Secondary Dependency Claims module.
For assistance, use our toll free phone: (888) 332-7411. When prompted select option 4, then 3, 2, 3, 4.
DFAS - Cleveland
ATTN: Dependency Claims
1240 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44199
NOTE: Secondary Dependency claims for Incapacitated Children must be submitted to:
Benefits and Eligibility Section
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-3120
Toll Free Number: 1-866-827-5672
NOTE: A dependency determination for STUDENT is required for BAH only. A USIP ID card may be obtained at your local DEERS office.
Secondary Dependency claims for Full-Time Students must be submitted to your local Personnel Support Detachment.
All other applications:
Submit completed application packages via the secure AskDFAS link.
or by mail:
DFAS – Cleveland
Attn: Dependency Claims
1240 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44199”
Page updated June 20, 2019