Answers About Veterans Benefits
Veterans Benefits Are Available to Help
Veterans Benefits are just one way we as taxpayers are able to give back to the valiant men and women of the armed forces for their service and many sacrifices. Surviving spouses and dependents of honorably discharged or retired members of the U.S. military may be eligible to receive veterans death benefits or pensions.
These disbursements are separate from what family members may receive from Social Security death benefits or other pensions. It’s a great comfort to have someone on your side during times of stress and grief who can help manage you claims and ensure that you receive the full extent of what is available to you through the Ohio Veterans Benefits program. Our Dayton lawyers are intimately familiar with Veterans Benefits programs and are available to advise and counsel you in your time of need.
Veterans Benefits: What’s Available from the VA
The VA (The Department of Veterans Affairs) offers a variety of benefits to veterans. Some of these include:
- Death Gratuity
- Veterans Funeral Benefits
- Veterans Health and Dental Care
- Pension Programs and Veterans Pensions
- Dependency Compensation
- Retiree Benefits
- Tragedy Assistance Program
- Veteran Disability Compensation
- And a variety of survivor benefits
Veterans Benefits For Widows: How They Can Help
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also handles veterans’ widows’ benefits. There are many forms of aid to protect and take care of a veteran's spouse:
- Surviving Family Benefits
- Survivor Resources
- Survivor Support Organizations
The most important of these three is the surviving family benefits for the widow of the qualifying veteran to take care of his or her family. This benefit includes several possible disbursements such as:
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
- Death Gratuity
- Death Pension
- Basic Allowance for Housing
- Household Goods Shipping and Storage
- Veterans Burial Benefits
- Gold Star Lapel Button
- Service Members Group Life Insurance
To lessen the overall burden, veteran's funeral benefits are provided as part of an overall death benefits package. This Veterans' aid package will pay $300 for funeral expenses, plus an additional $300 for plot internment. Burial flags and a burial stone are also available.
The Veterans Aid Pension may also be available. This supplement is the difference between the beneficiary's countable income and the income limit set by the VA, which is then paid out each month.
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