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Widows of Disabled Vets

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Hi. I am new to this forum. My husband is a disabled vet with a 100% rating. We have been married for 42 years. Unfortunately we were never able to get life insurance and his SS benefits are very low. My question. In the event that my husband would pass before I would, do i understand this correctly that all of his disability payment will go away? Other than his SS I won't have much to live on. So here is my question. Is there possibly some financial help the VA offers for widows in this case? I read some place about DIC payments. But i was not sure if that applied to me. My husband is 64 and I am 59. Thank you in advance. 

 

Christiane

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Berta

 

He crashed with his parachute. He was a paratrooper.  It did not open completely. Not right away, but down the line it became apparent that the accident caused many back and leg issues. So yes, his 100% from the VA is service connected. I do not understand about the 6 months either and why the Army has no record of his Vietnam tour. He is not aware of AO exposure. He has some heart failure going on. So i do not know if we can say it is service connected. So the DIC is dependent on the cause of death? It is not likely that he will die of a service connected issue due to it being more physical such as knee and back . I just read the award letter. Effective Feb 2002, he was assigned permanent 100% disability for service connected disability.,in addition to being unable to go to work due to service connected disability. The SSDI is Social Security Disability payment he receives apart in addition to the VA benefit. 

 

Unfortunately his memory is very bad and he has no recollection of people who served with him. His DD 214 only show Germany as his overseas tour. That is where he met me and we were married. I am German but now I am a citizen. My husband is not very forthcoming in helping me find all that i need after his leaving. And i often can't do much due to me not being the service member. I am sure you understand. 

 

Can you tell me what "SMR's" stands for? I think my husbands problems with his heart now and of course as we get older made me think of what if. I feel like I am treading in mud due to ignorance. Thank you for listening and helping me. We have some digging to do. 

 

Thank you again

Christiane

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I just read the award letter. Effective Feb 2002, he was assigned permanent 100% disability for service connected disability.,in addition to being unable to go to work due to service connected disability"

He would fit into the ten year DIC criteria-in the link above from the VA.

With 100% service connection in effect for over 10 years-that is continuous until he dies, they would grant the DIC.

The inservice Vietnam  problem would not be an issue- an his death would make the 100% rating Permanent as well as Total.

But it appear to me that you do not get CHAMPVA benefits ( VA Health care program for dependents of 100% P & T veterans) and you would get them if the VA delares his service disabilities as Permanent now.

A 100% P & T rating also garners DEA Educational benefits for a spouse and any children under 26.

There is a lot to this program under a search here for Chapter 35 -(the DEA benefits) as well as CHAMPVA.

I have both and they are wonderful- No problems with CHAMPVA at all-and if you sign up for meds by mail, with VA , there is no 50$ co pay for the meds.

I finished  my degree with Chapter 35   also known as  DEA Dependents Educational Assistance. What a savings there.

"The Veteran died from a non service-related injury or disease, but was receiving, OR was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling

  • For at least 10 years immediately before death, OR
  • Since the Veteran's release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death,"
  • (source VA link in this thread)

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Hi Berta

 

I am beginning to feel a little better with your answers.Thank you. I do receive ChampVA. Since it is free I am very grateful for the insurance. Sometimes the 20% i still owe when i see a doctor is a bunch in and of itself. However, i won't complain. If i understand right, when i turn 65 I have to stop using Champva due to the fact that I have to take Medicare? I only take one medication at this time. I know there is Meds by Mail available too. WE have a VA hospital in Topeka Ks. I asked them if they allow Champva recipients to be seen there. They said they were so busy with Vets that they don't have time for beneficiaries. That makes sense. 

 

If i was any younger, the help with education would be great. I never really understood that. If my husband should pass before I would, do i turn to the VA or DAV for help initially? Berta, have a good weekend. We have exceptional weather for January. Makes me wonder when the other shoe will drop. 

 

Christiane 🙂

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