Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans
To pay a special benefit to certain World War II veterans, who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and meet other specified criteria for each month that they reside outside of the United States.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Social Security Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Fiscal Year 2016
The Social Security Administration began taking SVB applications in April 2000 and initiated benefit payments in May 2000. In July 2017, the SVB program has approximately 472 beneficiaries receiving monthly SVB payments.Fiscal Year 2017
FY 2017 est $2,388,885.Fiscal Year 2018
FY 2018 est $1,868,885.
Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, Section 251, Public Law 106-169; Social Security Act, Title VIII, Title VII, Section 251, Public Law 106-
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Be age 65 or older on December 14, 1999, be a World War II veteran (includes Filipino veterans of World War II or organized guerrilla forces under the auspices of the U.S. military); be eligible for SSI benefits for December 1999 and for the month that the application for SVB was filed; and, have other benefit income that is less than 75 percent of the SSI Federal benefit rate. For 2018, 75 percent of the SSI Federal benefit rate is $562.50.
Benefits are paid to certain World War II veterans meeting the criteria specified under Applicant Eligibility. Credentials/Documentation
Proof of age, military service, the receipt and amount of benefit income, and foreign residence are required. Application and Award Process
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An application may be filed at any local Social Security office, the U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita 0930, Manila, and U.S. Embassies and consulates worldwide
The applicant (and representative payee, if any) will be notified by mail of award or denial.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. A request for appeal may be filed at any local Social Security office, the U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita 0930, Manila and U.S. Embassies and consulates worldwide. The appeal process ranges from a local office review to a review by the Federal courts. Generally, appeals must be filed within 60 days of the date on which a written notice of decision is received by the applicant
The law allows for the redetermination of a person's benefit amount and continuing eligibility. The procedures for conducting such reviews are not yet determined.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Monthly cash benefits are paid to certain World War II veterans who meet the qualification criteria prescribed in the law for each month they reside outside the United States on the first day of that month. There are no restrictions on the use of benefits, although the right to future benefits is not transferable or assignable.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Benefits are paid to certain World War II veterans meeting the criteria specified under Applicant Eligibility.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Consult Appendix IV of the Catalog.
6401 Security Boulevard
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SSA, CDPS, 6th Floor
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Richmond, CA 94801 USA
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16$2,906,072.00; FY 17 est $2,388,885.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The maximum monthly SVB payable for current year 2018 is $562.50 (Per Title VIII of the Act, the benefit amount equals 75 percent of the SSI Federal benefit rate.) This amount will change yearly. The monthly SVB amount payable to an individual is reduced by the amount of that person's other benefit income for the month. Other benefit income includes any recurring payment received as an annuity, pension, retirement or disability benefit. In FY 2017, there were 549 beneficiaries receiving SVB payments totaling $208,888. The average monthly federal payment for January 2017 is $380.49.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 20, Part 408, Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans, subparts A through L, a program fact sheet "Special Benefits to Certain World War II Veterans," and a booklet "Special Benefits for World War II Veterans" are available from any Social Security office without charge. They can also be found on the Social Security internet site.
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