VA Survivors Pension

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VA Survivors Pension

A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans. See here if you might be eligible and how to apply.
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A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans. However, the pension is not automatically given and survivors have to apply. Below are the steps a survivor can take to determine if their situation is covered by the pension and how to apply.

 

Steps to take to receive a VA Survivors Pension
 

Step 1: Check if the Veteran’s service allows you to be eligible.

Step 2: Check if you currently meet the criteria to be eligible.

Step 3: Apply

 
 

 

STEP 1: The Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

Covered War Periods include:

  • Mexican Border period (May 9, 1916, to April 5, 1917, for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or in adjacent waters)
     
  • World War I (April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918)
     
  • World War II (December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946)
     
  • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955)
     
  • Vietnam War era (February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served outside of the Republic of Vietnam.)
     
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990, through a future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation)
     

 

 

STEP 2: Your eligibility for VA Survivors Pension


To be eligible as a surviving spouse you need to have:

 

To be eligible as a surviving child you need to be either:

  • Under the age of 18, or
     
  • Under the age of 23 and attending a VA-approved school, or
     
  • Unable to care for yourself due to a disability that happened before the age of 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 3: How to Apply


If you have determined that you may be eligible for VA Survivors Pension you need to complete an application by filling out form VA form 21-534EZ.  To apply you can:

 

 

 

Visit this VA website for more detailed information.