Compensation for Service-Connected Deaths for Veterans' Dependents


To compensate surviving spouses, children and dependent parents for the death of any veteran who died before January 1, 1957, because of a service-connected disability. (Claimants may elect payment under the VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Program.)

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/01/2006 (Program number 64.102 has been incorporaed into program number 64.110)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use.
Program Accomplishments
During 2001, approximately 16 spouses and 1,715 parents received survivors compensation. Fiscal year 2002 estimates are 1,350 parents and 15 spouses. Fiscal year 2003 estimates are 1,063 parents and 14 spouses.
38 U.S.C. 1121, 1141.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An unmarried surviving spouse, unmarried children and dependent parent or parents of the deceased veteran who must have died before January 1, 1957, because of a service-connected disability. For deaths on or after January 1, 1957, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is payable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
An unmarried surviving spouse, children and dependent parents of deceased veteran.
Death certificate, marriage certificate, birth certificate(s), and military discharge certificate.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
An application (VA Form 21-534 or 21-535) may be obtained from any local or regional VA office and submitted to the regional office (see Appendix IV of the Catalog).
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the regional office.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 80 percent in 180 days or less.
Available through special board. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
No restrictions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Any change in the marital status of a surviving spouse, child, or dependent parent must be reported promptly. Any change in school attendance of children over 18 must be reported. Parents must report changes in income which would affect their dependency status and are sent eligibility verification requests every third year.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Headquarters Office
Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 273-7210.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments) FY 02 $1,928,000; FY 03 est $1,531,000; and FY 04 est $1,216,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Monthly compensation ranges from $87 for a surviving spouse to $121 for a widow or widower with one child; plus $29 for each additional child. An additional allowance of $79 if widow, widower or dependent parent is in need of aid and attendance. Assistance for dependent parent is $75 for one alone and $80 for two.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 3.4 (C) "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependent," VA Pamphlet 80-00-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is 051-000-00220-2.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.