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home | Veterans' Benefits | VA Benefits For Widows

VA Benefits For Widows

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You may be entitled to VA Widows' Benefits if your spouse served in the military for at least three months, and if he was in uniform for at least one day during a period of war. He did not have to have served overseas or in battle, but he must have been in service.

Recognized Periods of War:

World War I.   April 6, 1917, through November 11, 1918, inclusive.   If the veteran served with the United States military forces in Russia, the ending date is April 1, 1920.   Service after November 11, 1918 and before July 2, 1921 is considered World War I service if the veteran served in the active military, naval, or air service after April 5, 1917 and before November 12, 1918.

World War II.   December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, inclusive.   If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service.

Korean conflict.   June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955, inclusive.

Vietnam era.   The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period.   The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases. 

Persian Gulf War.   August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law. 

Future dates.   The period beginning on the date of any future declaration of war by the Congress and ending on a date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or concurrent resolution of the Congress.  

The Widows' Pension is dependent on your income. Only those with an income below certain limits will qualify. There is more information about the VA Widows' Pension and income limits here.

If you believe that you qualify (and husbands of wives who served are also eligible if they meet the guidelines), contact your local VA for an application.


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