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Veterans’ spouses could be entitled to survivor benefits

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2019 | Veterans' Issues

Many people in Georgia decide to enter the military and serve our country. These people make major sacrifices in order to do this and are exposed to many situations that most citizens will never experience. They could be exposed to many dangerous situations that can lead to serious injuries and even death. However, these people just like others have spouses and families that rely on them for love and to provide for them. So, if they come home with severe injuries or die, it can have a significant impact on their lives.

Not only does the family lose a loved one who provides love and support to the family, they also provide finances, which the family relies on to pay for their monthly needs. So, if that is gone, the family could be in a very difficult situation both emotionally and financially. The surviving spouses of the veteran could receive veteran survivor benefits though. These benefits are tax free as well and can be very important for the family as they attempt to move on with their lives.

These benefits can be obtained if the veteran died in the line of duty or if they died from a service-related injury or illness after they were no longer active-duty. The spouse must demonstrate that they were married within 15 years of the veteran incurring the injury or illness, married for at least one year or have a child together, and if not married, lived together until the death. The spouse could also be able to receive benefits if the veteran is totally disabled for at least 10 years even if the veteran is still living and other situations.

The service that veterans in Georgia provided for the country is very important. This sacrifice could have serious consequences though, which include injury, illness and death. This can have a major effect on both the veteran and their families who rely on them to provide for the family. If the veteran passes away from their injuries, the surviving spouse could be able to receive tax free compensation to help financially at least. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of these benefits and could be a useful resource.


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