There are some benefits available to Veteran’s survivors that sometime survivors are unaware that they can apply for. The following is a brief summary of some of those benefits. Anyone who wants more information is welcome to call or come by our office for a copy of the latest Federal Benefits.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
•A monthly benefit available to a Veteran’s Survivor if the Veteran died while on active duty,
•The death resulted from a service-related disability or
•The Veteran was receiving compensation for a serviceconnected disability that was rated totally disabling for at least 10 years, since the Veteran’s release from active duty and for at least five years immediately before the death or for at least one year before the death if the Veteran was a former prisoner of war and died after Sept. 30, 1999.
•For more information, please see www.va.gov/ opa/publications/ benefits_ book/ benefits_ chap12.asp
Death Pension Benefits
•A need-based monthly benefit available to an unmarried spouse or an unmarried child of a war-time veteran.
• The Veteran had to have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions and must have served at least 90 days of active military duty, with one day occurring during war time.
Dependents’ Educational Assistance
•Provides up to 45 months of education benefits to the survivors of certain Veterans.
•The child of a Veteran must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
•Spouses are eligible for education benefits for 10 years after the VA finds them eligible or from the Veteran’s date of death.
•For more information, please see gibill.va.gov/ benefits/other_ programs/dea. html
VA Home Loan Benefits
•The unmarried spouse of a Veteran who died while on active-duty or due to a service connected disability can be eligible.
Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA
•A surviving spouse or child is only eligible if they are not eligible for the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program.
• For more information about CHAMP VA please see, www.va.gov/ hac/ forbeneficiaries/champva/ champva.asp
If anyone has any questions about any of the benefits listed, feel free to call or come into my office for more information. My phone number is 830-769-3251 or 830-769-3093.
Till next time…