VA provides pension benefits to qualifying surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of deceased Veterans with wartime service.
To be eligible, spouses must not have remarried (with an exception that remarriage of surviving spouse terminated prior to Nov. 1, 1990), and children must be under age 18, or under age 23 if attending a VA-approved school, or have become permanently incapable of self- support because of disability before age 18. Surviving spouses and children must have qualifying income.
The Veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and must have had 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war, or a service-connected disability justifying discharge. Longer periods of service may be required for Veterans who entered active duty on or after Sept. 8, 1980, or Oct. 16, 1981, if an officer. If the Veteran died in service but not in the line of duty, survivors' pension may be payable if the Veteran completed at least two years of honorable service.
Children who become incapable of self-support because of a disability before age 18 may be eligible for survivors' pension as long as the condition exists unless the child marries or the child’s income exceeds the applicable limit.
Death Gratuity Payment
Military services provide payment, called a death gratuity, of $100,000 to the next of kin of Servicemembers who die while on active duty (including those who die within 120 days of separation) as a result of service-connected injury or illness. If there is no surviving spouse or child, then parents or siblings designated as next of kin by the Servicemember may be provided the payment.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
For a survivor to be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), one of the followings must have directly caused or contribute to the Veteran’s death:
•A disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on active duty or active duty for training.
•An injury, heart attack, cardiac arrest, or stroke incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on inactive duty for training.
•A service-connected disability or a condition directly related to a service-connected disability.
Aid and Attendance and Housebound
Surviving spouses who are eligible for VA survivors' pension are eligible for a higher maximum pension rate if they qualify for aid and attendance or housebound benefits. An eligible individual may qualify if he or she requires the regular aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required for everyday living, or is bedridden, a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, blind, or permanently and substantially confined to his/her immediate premises because of a disability.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry
Educational and Vocational Counseling
Beneficiary Financial Counseling
Civil Service Preference
Children of Vietnam Veterans with Certain Birth Defects
For information about other survivor benefits please reach out to your local Veteran Service Officer VSO or contact Veteran Regional Office.
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