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VA benefits for spouses, dependents, survivors, and family caregivers

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As the spouse or dependent child of a Veteran or service member, you may qualify for certain benefits, like health care, life insurance, or money to help pay for school or training. As the survivor of a Veteran or service member, you may qualify for added benefits, including help with burial costs and survivor compensation. If you’re caring for a Veteran with disabilities, you may also qualify for support to help you better care for the Veteran—and for yourself. Find out which benefits you may qualify for and how to access them.

Benefits for spouses, dependents, and survivors

Health care

Find out if you may qualify for health care through our CHAMPVA program, the Department of Defense's TRICARE program, or one of our programs related to a Veteran's service-connected disability. If you already have health care through VA, learn how to manage your health and benefits.

For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child

Education and training

Find out if you may be eligible for help paying for school or job training through our Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program (also called Chapter 35) or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. And learn about how a Veteran may transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you.

For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child

Home loan programs or financial counseling

Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for VA home loan programs to buy, build, repair, or refinance a home. Or, if you're having trouble making mortgage payments on a VA-backed loan, get help to avoid foreclosure and keep your house.

For surviving spouse

Life insurance options, claims, and beneficiary assistance

Learn how to apply for Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) coverage, explore other coverage options, and manage an existing policy. If you're the beneficiary of a Veteran's or service member's policy, find out how to get free financial advice and will preparation services.

For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child

Pre-need eligibility determination for burial in a VA national cemetery

Apply in advance for eligiblity to be buried in a VA national cemetery. This can help you plan ahead to make the burial process easier for your family in their time of need.

For spouse, dependent child, surviving spouse, surviving child

Burial benefits and memorial items

Get step-by-step guidance on how to plan a burial in a VA national cemetery, or in a state or tribal government Veterans cemetery. You can also apply for help paying for burial costs, request memorial items, and learn about bereavement (grief) counseling and transition support.

For surviving spouse, surviving child, surviving parent

Survivors Pension

If you're the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran with wartime service, find out if you're eligible for monthly pension benefits.

For surviving spouse, surviving child

Compensation for surviving spouse and dependents (DIC)

If you’re the surviving spouse, child, or parent of a service member who died in the line of duty, or the survivor of a Veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness, find out how to apply for this tax-free monetary benefit.

For surviving spouse, surviving child, surviving parent

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