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Are family members of veterans entitled to any benefits?

With Memorial Day approaching, many Georgia residents will soon be honoring those who lost their lives served our great country. This includes many living veterans, who also deserve great credit for putting their lives on the line to serve.

Unfortunately, the sacrifices demanded by this service has left many veterans with serious issues in the wake of their service. For instance, many veterans have been left with serious injuries that were suffered during their service. These injuries have not only a physical cost, but a financial cost as well, as the veteran's injuries may make it difficult to obtain employment back home.

There are options available for veterans who have suffered injuries during their service. One key option is the availability of veterans benefits for those who suffered a service-connected injury. The benefits provide compensation to those who qualify, which can be vital in the face of financial challenges brought on by the service injury.

Loved ones may also be entitled to receive certain benefits. For example, when a veteran dies because of a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or others might be able to obtain Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. A surviving spouse, child or parent can receive a monthly payment through this benefit because of the veteran's death being caused by a service-connected injury.

These are just one type of benefits that may be available to veterans and their loved ones. It is important for veterans to be aware of all of the different kinds of benefits that may be out there, as well as to know how to go about applying for and receiving those benefits.

Source: Georgia Department of Veterans Service, "State benefits for Georgia veterans," accessed on May 1, 2015

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