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Retired Marine Died 2 Weeks Ago


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Hi Hadit;

There is a young women 44 yrs who just lost her husband (retired marine 21 yrs) to a heart attack 2 weeks ago. This marine did not have any SC problems. The deceased marine was recieving $1800 a month pension for retirement. Wendy (the wife) was told that she will not be able to collect any kind of pension from her deceased husband. Would this be correct. However Wendy and her children are allowed to keep the medical insurance.

Is there some kind of VA rep she can talk to in person instead of over the telephone.

Thank you

Kris

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She can call the VA herself to find out what is available. If she can prove the Veterans heart condition was a result or secondary result of a disability from a disease in Service then she can file for DIC.

I strongly you get her onboard Hadit. There are some folks who have been through it and can help.

For example, The Veteran was diagnosed or had High Blood Pressure in service.

She should start by getting her Husbands service medical record and VA treatment records if any. I assume She has been determined the executor of his estate.

Also check into the benefits the state you live in may offer.

http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?showforum=64

Send her our condolences. I know how hard it is to lose someone and I am also 44 years old.

John

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Wow-that is very young to die of a heart attack---

Did this vet have an SBP plan for his survivors?

What did they attribute his death to-on the death certificate-the exact wording- did they perform an autopsy?

Did he get VA medical care at all?

Sounds odd to me that someone this young died from a heart attack-

If he was a VA patient (or even if he wasnt) I suggest that she get copies of his complete medical records.

VA wont charge for the first copy .

And if he was a VA patient she needs to consider if his treatment was appropriate-

I lost my husband at age 47 and proved his death was due to VA health care itself.(malpractice)

Of course this vet might have gotten excellent care- but still- this is alarming.

Even private hospitals and doctors sometimes commit malpractice.

Did he have any other disabilities?

Also she should get his complete SMRs via the NARA web site with an SF 180.

She could make application for DIC- this is the VA's widows benefit for direct SC death- and they will see if she is eligible for a VA pension too-

VA death pensions are income limited and depend on wartime service.

DIC is when the VA determines a direct SC death.

It appears that she may have no basis for a direct SC death claim- but if they (VA) malpracticed and caused or contributed to his death with malpractice they would pay her what I get DIC -under Section 1151.

She should file DIC claim under both of these scenarios.

There is more info here in DIC in the topic section.

She needs to fill out a 21-534 and get a good service rep if she can.

She will have to prove that he had a disability that could have been directly service connected in his lifetime and that this disability caused or contributed to his death.This wont be easy.

She will most probably need a good independent medical opinion.

Or prove that the VA was negligent in his care and that this negligence caused or contributed to his death. A medical opinion will be needed to prove that too.

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Something is wrong here. The retired Marine had paid into Social Security. Isn't the widow and underage children entitled to SSA survivor spouse pension?

Hi Hadit;

There is a young women 44 yrs who just lost her husband (retired marine 21 yrs) to a heart attack 2 weeks ago. This marine did not have any SC problems. The deceased marine was recieving $1800 a month pension for retirement. Wendy (the wife) was told that she will not be able to collect any kind of pension from her deceased husband. Would this be correct. However Wendy and her children are allowed to keep the medical insurance.

Is there some kind of VA rep she can talk to in person instead of over the telephone.

Thank you

Kris

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I re-read this topic-pension taken from widow ?????

A widow sure cant get a VA pension in 2 weeks after death-

we need more info-

Chuck is right- when Rod died I got survivors SSA benefits for me and my daughter.But this only involves widows with children under 16 years of age.

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