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Q3: Why do I receive only 1/3 of my husband’s compensation check? He had a total and permanent rating due to agent orange. Why, when it was caused by agent 40 years ago, which means it was destroying his body all that time. Why am I not eligible to receive his full benefit amount?
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A1: The veteran can only receive the total a wife can only get around $1500 plus medical and prescriptions that is the regulations. (LM) 2/10/18
A2: Your husband's compensation check is for his disability due to Agent Orange exposure. According to Federal law, when he died, his compensation stopped. Since you were his wife at the time of his death, you are eligible for DIC which equals approximately 1/3 of his 100% compensation. (AP) 2/11/18
A3: Pretty basically, he was the veteran not you. (TC) 3/3/18
A4: Because it happened to HIM...not YOU. Otherwise taxpayers would go bankrupt trying to pay all these veterans wives long after they passed away. (KH) 9/12/18
A5: VA compensation is for the veteran only. If a veteran is married when they pass away the compensation stops. If they die because of a service connected condition, the spouse is eligible to revive DIC benefits which is a lower amount than what the veteran receive. (JK) 10/22/20