Survivor Pension

Survivor Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit available for a deceased veteran’s un-remarried, low-income surviving spouse and/or a deceased veteran’s unmarried surviving children.

In order for a veteran’s survivor to be eligible for the Pension benefit, the veteran must have met the following requirements:

  • A veteran who served on or before September 7, 1980 must have served at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day during a wartime period.
  • A veteran who served after September 7, 1980 generally must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which he was ordered to active duty, with at least one day of service during a wartime period.
  • The veteran must have been discharged from service in other than dishonorable conditions.

In addition, the same income limitations apply as with the veteran’s pension.


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