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Thank you for the information and your question. There are two possible VA monetary benefits that your sister may be eligible for because of her husband's Veteran status. They each have their own eligibility requirements. One such benefit is call Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). It is not based on need, but just based on being eligible per the definition. The other is called a Survivors' Pension and it is based on financial need.
You can see the requirements for each and how she can apply by going to the following link: http://www.va.gov/opa/persona/dependent_survivor.asp
Just click on the blue link on the page for each of the benefits I mentioned. It is generally just best if she just goes ahead and applies and lets the VA figure out if she is eligible.
There may also be a State based Veteran and their spouses assistance that she may qualify for as well. If you can tell me what State we lives in perhaps I can at least obtain the State Veteran services information or website for you.
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