You may be eligible if:
|2011 Income Limits (effective since Dec 1, 2008)|
|If you are a...||Your yearly income must be less than...|
|Surviving spouse with no dependent children||$7,933*|
|Surviving spouse with one dependent child||$10,385**|
|(Add $2,020 to the limit for EACH additional child)|
|Housebound surviving spouse with no dependents||$9,696|
|Housebound surviving spouse with one dependent||$12,144|
|Eligible dependent who needs aid and attendance with no dependents||$12,681|
|Surviving spouse who needs aid and attendance with no dependents||$13,195|
|Eligible dependent who needs aid and attendance with one dependent||$15,128|
|Surviving spouse who needs aid and attendance with one dependent||$15,587|
|Surviving child (no eligible parent)||$2,020|
Note: Some income is not counted toward the yearly limit (for example, welfare benefits, some wages earned by dependent children, and Supplemental Security Income)
VA pays you the difference between your countable income and the yearly income limit which describes your situation (see chart above). This difference is generally paid in 12 equal monthly payments rounded down to the nearest dollar. Call the toll-free number below for details.
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Or Death Pension by Surviving Spouse or Child. If available, attach copies of dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates).
For More Information or Assistance Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000.