January 17, 2022

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Survivor Benefits -Worth Looking at Ahead of Time

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Veterans Tip of the Week – Survivor Benefits
Please Share with Your Spouse!

This may be an uncomfortable topic, a sad topic, a topic families do not want to talk about, but it is one every veteran should have with their spouse. I was surprised to learn just how many benefits are available to veteran and military survivors. That is, the spouse and dependent children of a military member killed in the line of duty, or veteran who passes away as a result of a service connected injury or illness. #gogetrated

Here is the VA’s overview page on the subject:
https://explore.va.gov/spouses-dependents-survivors. There are Eight benefit programs listed there. Each program has its own specific eligibility requirements, so follow the links and read them carefully.

As far as the two I’ve been asked about, Disability benefits and Burial benefits for spouses, here are a few more details.

Burial Benefits for the Veteran and the Spouse:
So to start the language is always that the veteran or spouse “may” be eligible, but here are the basics. Any veteran discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, may be eligible for burial at a National Cemetery. A Veteran’s spouse, surviving spouse, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. This means if they pass first. Another important thing to look at is a “pre-need” application for the benefit. This means that you can get an eligibility determination while both the veteran and the spouse are still with us. If this is an issue for you and your family, you can get the answer up front. https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/pre-need/index.asp

Dependent and Indemnity Compensation (DIC):
Is a benefit paid to survivors of military who pass in the line of duty; and veterans who pass as a result of a service connected injury or illness. This is a tax-free monetary benefit designed to compensate for the economic loss resulting from the service member’s or veteran’s death. In the case where there is no spouse or children, the parents of the veteran may be eligible Parents DIC.

So the big take away here is, there are some benefits available for eligible spouses if the military member dies in the line of duty or veteran passes as a result of a service connected injury or illness. If you find yourself in a situation like this, I am sorry for your loss, but know that there are some resources out there. The veteran in your life EARNED these benefit through their swearing of an oath; and their service to our county. Think of it as a final gift from them to you.

In most cases the key to unlocking this gift, is a service connected injury or illness – #gogetrated

As always, please feel free to PM me if you have questions regarding you VA Benefits. If I don’t know the answer, we will find it together. #gogetrated

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