VA Department of Veterans Affairs Death Pension
What is a VA Death Pension?
Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependants of deceased wartime veterans.
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible if:
· the deceased veteran was discharged from service under other than
dishonorable conditions, AND
· he/she served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a war, AND
· you are the surviving spouse or unmarried child of the deceased veteran, AND
· your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law.
How Much Does VA Pay?
VA pays you the difference between your countable income and the yearly income limit which describes your situation (see chart above). This difference is generally paid in 12 equal monthly payments rounded down to the nearest dollar. Call the toll-free number below or see your County Veterans Service Officer for details.
How Can I Apply?
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation or Death Pension by Surviving Spouse or Child. If available, attach copies of dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates).
For More Information Call Toll-Free
Or See Your County Veterans Service Officer
Current as of 1 January 2010
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