Hey Veterans, Did You Know?
Agent Orange survivor benefits for spouses and children may be available even if the veteran died without a claim or passed away from a disease that was added to the list after their death.
When veterans do not realize that they are eligible for disability benefits based on ailments added to the VA’s Agent Orange list, their survivors also miss the opportunity of receiving monthly payments under a program called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). This program provides lifetime, tax-free income to survivors of veterans who had service-related disabilities or diseases.
Stichman at NVLSP estimates that tens of thousands of survivors are unaware they are eligible for benefits because their spouses had diseases that the VA linked to Agent Orange after their spouses’ deaths. Survivor benefits can be higher depending on their situation, including whether they need a caregiver to assist them with everyday activities like bathing and dressing.
Does this sound like someone you know? Show them this article and send them to a Regional Veterans Service Office (See “How Can I Get Help?” page of the Veterans Chronicle).
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