Are There Any VA Benefits for Veterans Widows?


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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers several services for widows of veterans, including home loans and educational and vocational counseling. Widows can also receive a survivor's pension.

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Are There Any VA Benefits for Veterans Widows?
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Which services a widow qualifies for depends on the husband's military service and the current financial status of the widow. To qualify for survivor's pension, the widow must meet income requirements and the husband must have had 90 days or more of active duty service if the service was before September 7, 1980. If the husband started active duty service after that date, 24 months or moreof service is required for the widow to receive benefits.The husband also had to serve at least 1 day during wartime. The pension amount can vary. A pension amount of up to $625 per month was available as of March 2015. A widow who is housebound can possibly receive more financial assistance.

Additional financial compensation of up to $1,091 is available if the husband died during active military service or was left totally and permanently disabled due to a military-related activity 10 years before dying. Widows can also receive financial counseling. Home loans are available, but there are also income and military service requirements.

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