Folks I am bumping this up, because it will give you all a chance to learn these regulations now, before you expire, and the spouses needs to know them too.
You can copy this whole article and put the copy in your VA files with your DD 214 etc etc.
If your spouse does not use the internet, he or she will have to depend on a VSO or vet rep, who might not have a clue on DIC and accrued. My former reps didnt.
Make sure the spouse has your hadit password or will register here in their name when you die.
I usually always answer DIC questions here, but from now on I will give all of you a chance to help any survivor who comes to us. You will find all the info they need in this article and expanded on in our DIC forum.
Thanks-I forgot she was definitely awarded the CHAMPVA and DEA benefits.
I feel their decision was correct based on all the posts here from Page.
"The effective date of retro upon the favorable DIC grant would be dependent upon whether she applied for accrued benefits or actually signed on as a claimant substitute. "
As far as I know there were no accrued benefits payable, not any claim for substitution, nor a better DIC retro date because of the accrued regulations and the DIC regulations.
Those regulations are here under a search.
I received accrued benefits in 1997 and in 2012 and also 3 separate DIC awards,using the date of death for the EED.
These are a few of probably hundreds of posts on these issues:
This is why I have been suggesting here from time to time to get your spouses up on using the internet, and also they will need to be up on the DIC regulations to include accrued regulations, and substitution, when you die.
And if you have any life insurance, tell the spouse to save some of it ,after you pass, because many DIC claims need an IMO unless they are pretty cut and dried as to the DIC criteria.
i'm glad you are ok - remember though this forum is for VA claims questions - please keep it the conversations focused on your claims questions.
i'm not trying to be insensitive to your feelings - we just have limited resources designed to assist veterans with va claims questions, this forum is for claims questions regarding PTSD claims.
you may want to check out this forum https://www.myptsd.com/c/ i think it may be helpful to you.
If you may recall....
My buddy and I both used Dr. Bash
My buddy went from 80% to 100% thanks to Dr. Bash.
I on the otherhand was NEVER PROPERLY NOTIFIED OF MY C@P APPOINTMENTS.
the Va then rated me without me ever showing up and I remained at my 70%.
I appealed their decision based on never notifying me...but it will be a few years before I see my day in court.
So I reported to the VA that my daughter had graduated college back in 2014..
They continued paying me her school rate for two years till then finally got to it.
Then they sent me paperwork saying I owed them 4,000.00
I did the forms for waiver of debt being that it was no fault of my own and that Ive been unemployed for 3 years.
To my amazement they sent me a letter today saying that the 4k owed has been waived!!!!!!
While this does not cover the full amount that I spent on Dr Bash just for the VA to not notify me of my appointments and essentially leave me high and dry...
It does feel good to have some success and not have to fret over the 4k.
Thank you Hadit. The information here is amazing.