Social Security and Veteran
After you have contacted the social security office,
here are some facts you should know:
- Upon your spouse's death, you will receive a $255 death
payment, meant to help pay for the burial and funeral services.
- Survivor's benefits from Social Security will be paid
to a surviving spouse who is over the age of 60 and makes
no more than $20,000 per year.
- The amount of the payments depends on the age of the surviving
spouse and the amount the decedent would have received.
The following family members, however, are also eligible
to receive survivorís benefits:
- A former spouse is also eligible to receive this benefit
if he or she was married to the decedent for more than 10
years and does not remarry before age of 60.
- A spouse who is under the age of 60 but who has dependent
children under 16 or disabled living with him or her.
- The decedent's unmarried children can receive survivorsí
benefits until they are 18. A disabled child can continue
to receive these benefits after age 18.
- A disabled spouse over the age of 50.
- The decedent's dependent parent over age 62.
If the deceased served in the military at any point in his
or her life, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs to
find out whether or not he or she had an insurance policy
and/or is eligible for any survivor's benefits.
Often, the military will offer some financial help to the
families of deceased veterans to help pay for:
- Funeral expenses