Several programs are designed to assist military connected families. Many of these programs provide much needed financial assitance to family caregivers who are responsible for providing time-consuming care for their veteran. For help at any time, you many always call the VA's Family Carefiver Support Helpline at 1-855-260-3274. For general help with being a family caregiver, visit the VA's site to see the range of programs available to help you. Go here for a list of all of the survivors benefits available from the VA.
VA Death Pension: The VA Death Pension provides support to surviving spouses and unmarried children of deceased veterans who were discharged under other than dishoborable condition and who served the required amount of time inservice depending on the time period during which they served. This benefit is income based, and is only available to low-income surviving family members. Go here to see if you qualify for the VA Death Pension. To learn how to apply, click here or call 1-800-827-1000.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a VA program that pays tax free money to surviving families of veterans who died on active duty, or who's death resulted from a service-related injury or disease, or who's death resulted from a non-service related injury or disease but whoe was receiving total VA Disability COmpensation at the time of their death for a set period of time. Parents who are dependent on a veteran may qualify for a variation of the DIC program called Parents DIC. Click here for more information on Parents DIC.
Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA): DEA is an education program that provides education funding to survivors' and dependents of qualifying veterans. Click here for more information on elibibility and how to apply. Click here for a payment table for this program.
Aid and Attendance Pension (A&A): A&A is a supplement to the VA Pension program and provides benefits to veterans and suriving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist them in eating, bathing, dressing, cooking, leaving home, etc. This program is paid in additon to the additional VA Pension program, and to qualify, you must be eligible for the VA Pension Program first. To find out if you are eligible, click here. To apply, you will need to file a VA Form 21-534 (Surviving Spouse) or VA Form 21-526 (Veteran) along with a copy of the veteran's DD-214 (or separation papers), medical evalution from a physician, current medical issues, net worth limitations, and net income, along with out-of-pocket medical expenses with the same VA Regional Office where you applied for the VA Pension. For more information visit the VA's website, or see the A&A FAQ Section. Click here to find a service organization that can help you with your claim.
Family Caregiver Program: The Family Caregiver Program is a brand new program being run by the VA that provides financial assistance, among other things, to family members who are caring for severely injured Post-9/11 war veterans. To find out if you qualify and to apply for the program, visit the VA's website. You may also call the VA at 1-877-222-8387.Click here to find a Family Caregiver Support Coordinator near you.