My husband, a Viet Nam vet, was given the determination of 100% IU a week ago. He was rated at 80% prior to this change. He has bladder cancer, deemed unrelated to SC, even though his is a Agent Orange vet. His cancer has spread to his colon, stomach and diaphram. Although he is going through chemo treatments, outside of the VA, we need to know what the benefits are for a spouse under these conditions. After trying to read anything I can on the web, I decided to come here to ask. I know that a spouse can have eduction benefits, but need to know if there is a pension associated with this also. The reason I am asking is that I can retire from my present job early, to be home with my husband, if there is a pension I can count on from the VA. Can anyone help?
There is not VA pension for a living veteran. If you husband needs aid and attendance - someone to help him with basic chores like washing and dressing - they there is an additional amount available. If must be for the Service Connected and not any non-related medical conditions.
Sorry I was not clear. After two years of fighting cancer and a VA hospital that would not give him chemo unless he had his bladder removed, I try not to think in terms after he's gone. But we need to know what happens if he does not survive the cancer. He seems to think that he has to file a claim for istemic heart disease before I am allowed a pension after his passing. I think that the 100% IU is enough. Who is correct and what other benefits are there (upon his passing)?
DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of a
• military service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training,OR
• veteran whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease, OR
• veteran whose death resulted from a non service-related injury or disease, and who was receiving, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling
- for at least 10 years immediately before death, OR
- since the veteran’s release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death, OR
- for at least one year before death if the veteran was a former prisoner of war who died after September 30, 1999.
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