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Hi from just answer. I'm PDtax, and can assist.
I need some additional background first. I assume you are receiving regular social security, and that is the benefit to evaluate.
What is your age? Hers?
How long have you been married?
Does she claim a benefit now?
Hello,What you are asking about is the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). It is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
She would need to complete VA Form 21-534, "Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child and mail to the regional office.
Although the 100% disability is required for a spouse to collect, the amount is set by congress.
Basic Monthly Rate = $1215 (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(1))