Many veterans and their dependents look to different resources to help them understand the Veterans Survivor Pension. This pension is set up to provide veterans & their dependents such as spouses & unmarried dependent children of wartime veterans with monthly payments to provide extra income. There are many stipulations & different criteria put in place to make sure that survivor benefits are not just given to anyone. These guidelines include:
- Veteran must have entered active duty on or before September 7th, 1980, and served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day being during a wartime period.
- Veteran must have entered active duty after September 7th, 1980, and served at least 24 months or a full period of called to order duty with at least one day being during a wartime period.
- The veteran was an officer and started active duty after October 16th, 1981, and hadn’t previously served on active duty for 24 months after that.
- The veteran did not have a dishonorable discharge and at least one of the above service requirements was met by the veteran.
Sometimes understanding the fine print and exact requirements to receive your Veterans survivor pension can be somewhat cloudy and hard to understand. It is highly suggested that should you be having trouble or are looking to learn more about the requirements, your rights & the steps it takes to start receiving veterans survivor benefits that you contact your local veteran’s association and request the help of an experienced individual. You can also research different things on the web, but it is always nice to have a live person to speak with regarding any questions you may have.
Check out this informational video on The Veterans Survivor Pension & Benefits: