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How to claim survivor benefits from the VA

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | VA Benefits

Losing a loved one who served in the military is a difficult experience. Spouses and children in this situation should understand the available survivor benefits if your family member died from a service-related disability.

Knowing how to apply for these benefits can help ease the financial challenges associated with this type of loss.

Gather necessary documents

Before starting the process of claiming survivor benefits for a disabled veteran, gather important paperwork. You will need the deceased service member’s death certificate, marriage certificate if applicable and birth certificates of any dependent children. Having these documents available will streamline the application process.

Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA administers survivor benefits for eligible family members of deceased military personnel. Contact the VA to start the process of claiming survivor benefits. They will provide guidance on the necessary forms to complete and additional documentation required.

Complete the application forms

The VA has specific application forms to claim survivor benefits. You must submit the Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (VA Form 21P-534EZ) for surviving spouses and the Application for DIC, Death Pension and/or Accrued Benefits (VA Form 21-534EZ) for dependent children. Ensure that you fill out all forms accurately and completely.

Await processing and notification

Once you’ve submitted the necessary forms and documentation, the VA will process your claim for survivor benefits. This may take some time, so be patient. The VA will notify you of the outcome of your claim and provide details on any benefits awarded.

More than 1,000 active-duty military members died in 2021 alone. If you have any questions or concerns about your claim for survivor benefits, follow up with the VA for clarification or assistance. Asking for help can ensure that you receive your benefits as the spouse or child of a deceased military member.