The news has shown many situations where a va spouse becomes a widow. Behind all the headlines, she must cope with the loss. Sometimes families get involved and try to find answers, usually not for blame, but simply to find closure in their grief. Answers for the causes of death help those left behind cope with the death.
It seems a widow must go through all the forms and paperwork to receive her benefits. This is understandable as institutions require proof of everything for the widow to receive the benefits. With some patience, work with the system, view it as a friend, and in the end, you will receive your benefits. Also, if you find yourself grieving during this process of filling out paperwork, it's all right, feel and be with the emotions and then let them go. It will help clear one's head when dealing with all the forms.
va widow benefits include the following:
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). The DIC benefit amount may affect the amount you receive from a Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP). There may also be age limits for you to receive the DIC. That is, if you remarry after the age of 57, you can continue receiving DIC.
Other benefits relate to education:
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)
Work Study Employment
Education Program Refunds. The survivor is refunded the service member’s participation in the Montgomery GI Bill and funds given to the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Benefits for the funeral:
Headstones, Markers, Presidential Memorial Certificates
Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
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