Being a member of a family that has lost a Servicemember serving on active duty on the War on Terror can be very stressful. There are different benefits available to you as the beneficiary for your Servicemember. There are specific death benefits that are paid to the eligible members or dependents of Servicemembers who have given their lives in time of war. The Veterans Death Pension is not a large amount of money, but was intended by Congress to help provide a means for select individuals who survive a Servicemember who dies during a time of war to have funds available to help with their support.
There are other categories for single surviving children, and for other types of surviving spouses. One of the benefits is the Veterans Death Pension benefit. You can verify your eligibility by telephoning a Veterans office or Veterans Benefits counselor. It is also available for Veterans who have served for a period of wartime service of twenty-four months active duty beginning with the Gulf War and continuing until now. This pension is meant to make up the difference between your yearly income limit and your countable income. The difference is normally paid out in twelve equal installments. Some types of income are not counted toward the annual yearly limit, such as SSI income, welfare benefits, and wages by dependent children. This Death Pension benefit is not a large amount of money, but it can be the difference for some families between keeping the wolf at the door and not making it financially. You can apply for this benefit if you think you qualify by obtaining VA form 21-534 Application for Indemnity Compensation and Dependency. Servicemembers who served at least 24 months active duty since September 1990 and who were honorably discharged may be eligible for this survivors benefit. This is a benefit with various restrictions.
You should also obtain and attach any copies that you have of birth certificates, death certificates, and all marriage licenses. Your yearly income to qualify must be less than the following amount if you are a:
-Spouse With No Dependents- $7,094 dollars.
-Surviving Spouse with one dependent- $9,287 dollars.
-Surviving Spouse that is Housebound and one dependent- $10,860 dollars.
-Surviving Spouse that is Housebound and no dependents- $8,670 dollars.
For each additional dependent child you should add $1,806 dollars to the amount.