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She should have CHAMPVA for life. If you die of service connected or have 100% for 10 years she is entitled to DIC. Many State benefits are passed to surviving spouse. In Texas homeowners tax benefits and some others.

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Hi all:

I am TDIU T&P for PTSD.

When I die, are there benefits that my wife can use?


Mike S.

Pete is correct. I just wanted to add that your TDIU counts as 100 percent for the purposes of the 10 year period.

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Without the ten year 100%- if you die- she will have to prove by medical evidence that your SC disability caused or contributed to your death-

This is not easy with just PTSD as SC disability in one's lifetime-

It would take a very strong medical opinion to associate PTSD with any cause of death- but NOT impossible-

this is why I tell vet to files for any disability whatsoever that could be ultimately become SCed- because it could be a 10% disability service connected that could contribute to a vet's death----


Harris V Derwinski-

Vet had SC hearing loss.

Vet died of heart disease (NSC)

Wife proved that the hearing loss contributed to his death from heart disease.

BVA granted DIC.

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