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      Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedOctober 16th, 2013

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Title

Military Family Relief Act

Official Title

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the payment of temporary compensation to a surviving spouse of a veteran upon the death of the veteran, and for other purposes.

Summary

Military Family Relief Act - Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay temporary (not to exceed six months) dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) to the surviving spouse of a veteran if, at the time of death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated as total for at least one year preceding the veteran's death. Authorizes the payment to such survivor, for the same period, of any veteran's pension that the deceased was receiving at the time of death, without regard to the annual income and net worth of the surviving spouse. Allows a surviving spouse who is entitled to pension or DIC under any other VA provision to be paid the amount by which such pension or DIC exceeds the amount of pension paid under this Act.
    Let’s think about this. So, a spouse must deal with the loss of their husband or wife. Get used to the term “widow”. Arrange any and all funeral arrangements, and absorb the cost. Console their children if any. Have either their only source of income or dual household income drop immediately to a single income. Seek & arrange for their self and children any counseling needed. Potentially deal with a probate issue etc. This is income that a veteran and their family sacrificed for & earned. To add more stress to the spouse is egregious. The grief alone is enough. I know! I’m 5 mths in to my claim and still waiting due to case load. AND- to top it off with a slap in the face is spending $30 million on a parade for Veterans Day to honor our military. WHAT??? If you want to honor them, put that money into the egregiously under funded veterans programs, the VA, and mental healthcare system. PAY THOSE WIDOWED SPOUSES SO THEY MAY GRIEVE WITHOUT FINANCIAL HARDSHIP!!!!
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