Veterans' Benefits: Basing Survivors' Compensation on Veterans' Disability is a Viable Option

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DIANE Publishing, 1995 - 56 pages
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Provides information on the income and benefits received by surviving spouses of servicemembers who died on active duty and the surviving spouses of certain disabled veterans. Assesses alternative ways of determining these spouses1 benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs1 Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program.

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Page 20 - ... receive care from civilian sources under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services.
Page 15 - ... were poor, 25 percent of all aged unrelated individuals were poor. About 21 percent of nonaged unrelated individuals were poor. 3 Income figures reported in this subsection were from the March 1991 Current Population Survey (CPS) computer data tape. There is a tendency in surveys, such as the CPS, for respondents to underreport their incomes by both source and amount. Reporting of income from earnings is usually more accurate than reporting of income from other sources. In general, CPS estimates...
Page 17 - ... example of why so much trust has been lost. Another opportunity exists and this opportunity should not be allowed to pass without correction of this egregious discrimination. SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) continues to be a valuable program to insure that the surviving dependents of military personnel who die in retirement or after becoming eligible for retirement will continue to have a reasonable level of income.
Page 51 - Statement of David P. Baine, Director Federal Health Care Delivery Issues Health, Education, and Human Services Division GAO/THEHS-95-117 Mr.
Page 10 - As part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, however, the Congress prohibited reinstatement of benefits to surviving spouses who remarried.
Page 19 - Die benefits are also eligible for VA education assistance. They may receive as much as $404 a month for up to 45 months of full-time education or training directed toward a definite educational or vocational goal approved by VA. Eligibility extends for 10 years from the date that VA determines that a spouse is eligible. Those who have passed the 10-year limit but have some months of entitlement Medical Care Burial Benefits Shopping Privileges VA Survivors' Benefits Are a Large Portion of Surviving...
Page 22 - Introduction offsetting revenue increases10 or spending reductions in other PAYGO-controlled legislation affecting aggregate deficit changes for 2 fiscal years.
Page 2 - In 1993, the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIG) program paid benefits totaling $2.7 billion to about 276,000 surviving spouses of servicemembers who died on active duty and surviving spouses of certain disabled veterans. These benefits were paid under the Veterans' Benefits Act of 1992, which changed the basis for DIG benefits from the military rank of the deceased servicemember or veteran to a flat rate for all surviving spouses. In enacting this legislation,...
Page 2 - Die recipients' total income and determined the kinds and amounts of benefits received from other programs, (2) determined the financial impact on surviving spouses of the deaths of totally disabled veterans and of veterans who had been receiving supplemental payments because they had multiple severe disabilities and were unable to care for themselves, and (3) assessed alternative ways to set Die benefits.
Page 24 - Benefit ($9,228) 100 About 4 percent of new entrants had been married to totally disabled veterans whose disabilities were so severe that they were unable to care for themselves. These veterans had been receiving supplemental payments to compensate for multiple severe disabilities and for aid and attendance that when combined with their disability compensation, totaled as much as $60,852 in 1994. After they died, their spouses received about $50,000 less than the veterans had been receiving. 15 I6...

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