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Berta

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This might help a widow I asked to join this site as well as any widow or widower of a deceased AO vet who has a claim for DIC and accrued benefits that the new IDH regs will impact on.

Accrued benefits are further explained under this forum.

“The Nehmer court orders also require that, if an individual was entitled to retroactive benefits as a result of the court orders but died prior to receiving such payment, VA must pay the entire amount of such retroactive payments to the veteran's estate, without regard to statutory limits on payment of benefits following a beneficiary's death. Section 5121(a) of title 38, United States Code, provides that, when VA benefits remain due and unpaid at the time of a beneficiary's death, VA may pay to certain survivors only the portion of such benefits that accrued during the two-year period preceding death. Current VA regulations reflect the requirements of section 5121(a), and contain no exception for cases covered by the Nehmer court orders. Because the conflict between current regulations and the Nehmer court orders may create confusion, we propose to amend our regulations to reflect the requirements of the Nehmer court orders. Accordingly, we propose to issue rules reflecting the limited exception to section 5121(a) established by the Nehmer court orders. This exception applies only to certain benefits for members of the Nehmer class. As stated above, the intent of this rule is to ensure timely and consistent compliance with the court's orders without the need for further special instructions. “

http://www.nvlsp.org/Information/ArticleLibrary/AgentOrange/AO-retrobenefitrules.htm

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