Survivor Benefits Archive

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Veteran's Death Pension

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The VA Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans. The following is a summary of the pension: Eligibility Payment Amount The Application Process VA Death Pension Eligibility You may be eligible if: the deceased veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, AND he or she served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a per... more

Survivor Support Organizations

In times of tragedy and personal need there are several organizations available to provide aid and support. The following section will help you to find the support you need in difficult times. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) TAPS is an organization that is dedicated to supporting anyone and everyone who has ever been affected by a service member's death that occurred on active duty. TAPS provides, at no cost to the survivor, ... more

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans. The following is a summary of this important benefit: Eligible Survivors Monthly Rates Additional Allowances The Application Process Eligible Survivors: DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of the following: Military service member who died while on active duty, OR Veteran whos... more

Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA)

Since October 2008 surviving spouses whose Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments have been offset (partially or totally) as a result of receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), including surviving spouses of members who died while serving on active duty, are eligible for the SSIA. Monthly payments are taxable and will be paid as follows: FY2010 - $60 FY2011 - $70 FY2012 - $80 FY2013 - $90  FY2014 - $150 ... more

Older Retirees to See SBP Premiums End

Survivor Benefit Plan Update: Participants in the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan for retired military members now have a new milestone to mark on their calendars. Effective October 1, 2008, SBP participants who reach 70 years of age and have made 360 payments (30 years), will no longer have to pay premiums for continued SBP coverage and will be placed in "Paid-up SBP" status. Paid-up SBP provisions were mandated by the National Def... more

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