Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a military veteran's wife may be eligible for monthly compensation, a pension, health care and memorial and burial benefits. She may also receive help with education and training, employment services and home loans.
Wives of military veterans may be eligible for monthly compensation benefits if the husband died or became totally disabled during military service. Wives who are survivors of wartime veterans may receive pensions if they meet the criteria for limited income. The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs helps wives or widows of veterans who have a service-connected total disability or died while on active duty who are not covered by other health care programs. Memorial benefits for wives of military veterans may include burial in a national cemetery, an engraved headstone and perpetual grave site care.
Veterans eligible for the Post-911 GI Bill may transfer the educational benefits to their wives. The Fry Scholarship is available for wives whose husbands died in the line of duty, and the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program provides education for wives whose husbands are completely disabled or died during service. Wives caring for disabled veterans can receive employment counseling through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Wives who are surviving spouses of veterans can receive help with obtaining loans to buy or improve a home.