Survivor's Benefits

News regarding Veterans and Families.
Joined: 26 Dec 2010, 17:56

16 Jun 2014, 03:05 #1

On May 21, 2014, Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.)
introduced H.R. 4741, the Surviving Spouses Benefits Improvement Act.
The bill would increase Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payments a surviving spouse receives from the VA when a servicemember or veteran dies from a service-connected cause. Under current law, an eligible surviving spouse receives $1,233 per month in DIC. The amount is based off 43 percent of the basic compensation for a veteran with a 100 percent disability
rating. H.R. 4741 increases that percentage to 55 percent, consistent
with other federal employee programs. If enacted, the new DIC
rate would be $1,572 per month. The bill would exempt the increase in
DIC payments from the unfair offset for survivors eligible to receive
both a DoD Survivor's Benefit Plan annuity (SBP) and DIC.
This bill currently only has two (2) co-sponsors. Get on the phone or write and ask your congressman to sponsor this bill!
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Joined: 10 Jan 2011, 23:16

19 Jun 2014, 04:05 #2

This makes a lot so sense. Think I will start emailing Al Franken. He wants to be reelected.

Joined: 28 Oct 2011, 15:39

20 Jun 2014, 12:54 #3

I will be definitely checking this out and also telling a couple of friends that I know would benefit from this.  Does this also include the enhanced DIC that you would get if married 8 out of the 10 years?