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Veterans Benefits

What Will Happen To The Benefits That The Woman I'm Living With Receives If We Get Married?

I live with a woman I would like to marry but she receives benefit from her husband who was a veteran and passed away with Agent Orange. I am a retired veteran who has a 40 percent disability and she would receive far less from me since he was 100 percent disabled when he passed away.
My question is would she lose the benefit from her husband if we married and only receive benefit from my disability or retain her benefit from her husband without application for mine. There is no Common Law Marriage in Florida. I am 81 years old and she is 70 and born October 7th, 1950.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 09:15

Will It Affect My VA Benefits If I File For Social Security Benefits On My Ex-Husband's Record?

My husband passed away in last month. He was a veteran with 100 percent service related disability. I have filed for DIC benefits and should be receiving them soon. I have Champva insurance benefits as a result of my husband's disability. When I spoke to the social security people after mt husband passed away they told me that I would receive more money if they filed for my widows benefits using my ex husband's income rather than my current husband who just passed away. If I do that will it affect my veterans widow benefits or my champva insurance in any way?

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 16:13

Can I Get Both Social Security And A VA WIdower's Pension?

I am on a widower's pension from the VA can I get my Social Security I'll be 64 can I get both


My expertise is limited to Social Security benefits, not VA benefits. I can only tell you that any Social Security benefits that you qualify for can be paid regardless of whether or not you're drawing VA benefits. However, you'll need to check with the VA to find out what if any effect drawing Social Security benefits might have on your VA benefits.

Best, Jerry

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 08:18

How Would My Getting A Portion Of My Ex's Military Retirement Affect What I Receive From Social Security?

Dear Larry, My DOB is 12/54. My understanding is that I can collect Full benefits at 66. I can collect partial at age 65...but with limits on earned income. I am divorced and will be able to collect spousal benefits at some point ..Per the divorce I receive a portion of his military retirement. How will this effect what I receive from social security?


Nothing that you get from the military or VA would have any impact on either your own Social Security retirement benefits or divorced spousal benefits.

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 16:33

If I Draw SS On A Deceased Former Husband Can I Also Get VA Benefits From A Second Deceased Husband?

If I draw SS from formers deceased husband can I also get VA benefits DIC from second husband VA whom is deceased


I don't know about VA benefits because my expertise is limited to Social Security benefits. All I can tell you for sure is that if you do receive VA benefits, it would not have any effect on your Social Security survivor benefits.

Best, Jerry

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 09:45

Can I Receive VA Benefits?

I already receive my social security. I just want to know if I get VA benefits even though he didn't retire from the military. But he died as a results of his injuries while in the military. He passed away in 2013. Do I receive VA benefits?


I'm sorry for your loss.

Unfortunately, my only area of expertise is Social Security, so I'm unable to answer questions about VA benefits. I can only tell you that if you do qualify for VA benefits it will have no effect on your Social Security benefits.

Best, Jerry

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 12:16

Is It True That DIC Benefits From The VA Have No Impact On SS Benefits?

My late husband was a veteran and had a 100% service -connected disability. When he passed away last year I applied for and am currently receiving DIC benefits (dependency indemnity compensation) from the Veterans Administration. I am currently receiving approx. $1285 in DIC. This is NOT income based and it is NOT taxable income. I am currently 58 and plan to apply for SS survivor benefits at age 60. My understanding is that DIC benefits have no impact on SS benefits in any way. Is this true? Thank you!


I'm sorry for your loss.

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 21:15
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