Extension of Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) Application Periods in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to extend the deadline for former members insured under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) to apply for VGLI coverage following separation from service in order to address the inability of former members directly or indirectly affected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency to purchase VGLI. This rule will be in effect until December 11, 2021.

VA Claims and Appeals Modernization

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its claims adjudication, appeals, and Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) regulations. In addition, VA proposes to revise its regulations with respect to accreditation of attorneys, agents, and Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives; the standards of conduct for persons practicing before VA; and the rules governing fees for representation. This rulemaking is needed to implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. That law amended the procedures applicable to administrative review and appeal of VA decisions denying claims for benefits, creating a new, modernized review system. Unless otherwise specified, VA intends to make the proposed regulatory changes applicable to claims processed under the new review system, which generally applies where an initial VA decision on a claim is provided on or after the effective date or where a claimant has elected to opt into the new review system under established procedures.

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance Increased Coverage

Current statutory provisions provide Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) insureds under the age of 60 with the opportunity to increase their VGLI coverage by $25,000 not more than once in each 5- year period beginning on the 1-year anniversary of the date a person becomes insured under VGLI. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its VGLI regulations to establish a permanent regulatory framework for such elections of increased coverage. The proposed rule would also clarify that coverage increases in an amount less than $25,000 are available only when existing VGLI coverage is within $25,000 of the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance current maximum of $400,000, and any increases of less than $25,000 must be only in an amount that would bring the insurance coverage up to the statutory maximum.

Eligibility for Supplemental Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in this final rule, amends its regulations governing the Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI) program in order to explain that a person who was granted S-DVI as of the date of death is not eligible for supplemental S-DVI because the insured’s total disability did not begin after the date of the insured’s application for insurance and while the insurance was in force under premium-paying conditions.

Veterans Survivor Package For Dependent Spouses, Children and Parents of deceased Veterans

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VA service representatives can answer questions about benefits eligibility and application procedures. Contact the nearest VA benefits office at 1-800-827-1000 from any location in the United States and Puerto Rico. VA facilities also are listed in the federal government section of telephone directories under “Veterans Affairs”. Included Forms (Always check here VA Forms first to make sure you have the most recent copy of the form
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Section 301 of Public Law  109-461 adds a new category to the definition of “eligible person” for DEA benefits . The new category includes the spouse or child of a person who:  VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability; and at the time of VA’s determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment; and is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability. Persons eligible under this new provision may be eligible for DEA benefits effective December 23, 2006, the effective date of the law. For more information contact your local VA office. See HERE.
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Personal Affairs Worksheet
This worksheet, provided by the National Cancer Institutes brochure on Coping with Advanced Cancer can help in organizing one’s personal affairs. This sheet provides information for organizing the paper work that will be helpful for family members after a death. It starts on page 50 if you print it out, in the PDF document it is on page 56.

DEPENDENT OR SURVIVOR The Veterans Benefits Administration offers a variety of benefits and services to spouses, children, and parents of Service members and Veterans who are deceased or totally and permanently disabled by a service-connected disability. One of the more difficult tasks a survivor faces after the death of the veteran is completing the numerous claims forms for VA survivors’ benefits. The anxiety and fear of the unknown – who to call, what to do, or where to go for help – can be an unpleasant experience. To help ease the burden and to ensure you will have the necessary details for filing a claim, here are some basic quick tips.

Documents Needed

  • The veteran’s VA claim’s number or Social Security number
  • The veteran’s death certificate
  • Government life insurance policy
  • A copy of all marriage certificates and divorce decrees (if any)
  • A copy of each child’s birth certificate (or adoption order)
  • Veteran’s birth certificate to determine parents’ benefits

Where to Get Help

Survivors and Dependents Benefits — Death After Active Service

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Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents

VA service representatives can answer questions about benefits eligibility and application procedures. Contact the nearest VA benefits office at 1-800-827-1000 from any location in the United States and Puerto Rico. VA facilities also are listed in the federal government section of telephone directories under “Veterans Affairs”.

Check out these sites:

 

Veterans Affairs Survivors and Dependents Benefits  —  Death After Active Service

VA Benefits for Surviving Spouses

 

BENEFIT DESCRIPTION

APPLICATION FORMS

Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

(Includes Spouse of National Guard

or Reserve Member)

VA Form 21-534

Death Pension

VA Form 21-534

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance

(DEA)

VA Form 22-5490

Home Loan Guaranty

VA Form 26-1817

MEDICAL  –  CHAMPVA

VA Form 10-10d

VA Form 10-7959c

Request Copy of DD Form 214

Bereavement Counseling

Specialized Vocational Training

VA Form 22-5490

To Claim VA

Life Insurance

Separate Claim Forms

are used for (SGLI/VGLI).

For all others, click here.

Financial Counseling Available

for SGLI/VGLI Beneficiaries

Burial Benefits a Spouse

Should Consider Upon

the Death of the Veteran

Separate Forms are

Available Through the

National Cemetery Administration

Web Site

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VA Form 21-2008

Related Benefits

TRICARE Dental Program

Social Security Administration

Civil Service Preference

Commissary and Exchange Privileges

Montgomery GI Bill Death Benefit

Death Gratuity

Military Records and Medals

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Internal Revenue Service information

VA Benefits for Dependent Children

BENEFIT DESCRIPTION

APPLICATION FORMS

Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

DIC Rates for children

VA Form 21-534

Death Pension

Death Pension Rates for Children

VA Form 21-534

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance

(DEA)

(Includes Counseling Services and Work Study)

VA Form 22-5490

MEDICAL  –  CHAMPVA

VA Form 10-10d

VA Form 10-7959c

Request Copy of DD Form 214

Spina Bifida

Bereavement Counseling

Specialized Vocational Training

VA Form 22-5490

To Claim VA

Life Insurance

Separate Claim Forms

are used for (SGLI/VGLI).

For all others, click here.

Financial Counseling Available

for SGLI/VGLI Beneficiaries

Burial Benefits Next of Kin

May Consider Upon

the Death of the Veteran

Separate Forms are

Available Through the

National Cemetery Administration

Web Site

Burial Flags

VA Form 21-2008

Related Federal Benefits

TRICARE Dental Program

Social Security Administration

Civil Service Preference

Commissary and Exchange Privileges

Montgomery GI Bill Death Benefit

Death Gratuity

Military Records and Medals

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Internal Revenue Service information

VA Benefits for Dependent Parents

BENEFIT DESCRIPTION

APPLICATION FORMS

Parents Dependency Indemnity Compensation

VA Form 21-535

To Claim VA

Life Insurance

Separate Claim Forms

are used for (SGLI/VGLI).

For all others, click here.

Financial Counseling Available

for SGLI/VGLI Beneficiaries

Burial Benefits Next of Kin

May Consider Upon

the Death of the Veteran

Separate Forms are

Available Through the

National Cemetery Administration

Web Site

Burial Flags

VA Form 21-2008

Related Federal Benefits

Civil Service Preference

Military Records and Medals

Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Internal Revenue Service information

 

Search Google for the Veterans Survivor and Dependent Benefits

 

Read through HadIt.com’s Forum on DIC – Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

 

Bereavement Counseling at Veterans Centers – The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers bereavement counseling to parents, spouses and children of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country.  Also eligible are family members of reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty.

 

Find out about The Veterans Center (For me personally they have been an oasis in a crazy maze. – (Tbird Founder HadIt.com Veteran To Veteran LLC)

 

Find a Veterans Center near you.

Legal Matters After a Death (Source: https://dying.about.com/od/legalmatters/Legal_Matters_After_a_Death.htm)

There are many legal matters surrounding the death of a person. Some of these matters can be dealt with prior to death, others after the death. This section looks at the reading of the will, disposition of the dying person’s property and assets during probate. It also underscores the importance of Advanced Care Planning, Advance Care Directives, Living Wills, Power of Attorney and Living Trusts.

Articles & Resources

Put It In Writing – Your Wishes, Your Advanced Directives, Your Gift

A look at the “Put It In Writing” consumer outreach by your guide. This initiative was created in 2005 by the American Hospital Association supported by the Society of Hospital Medicine to teach the public about the importance of Advance Care Planning.

A Reminder to Get Your Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will Done

An episode of ER shown in October 2006 helped to underscore the importance of getting durable power of attorney forms signed. This article looks at helpful resources available for getting started.

Advanced Care Directives from ADAM Health Center Encyclopedia

This page provides a starting point in figuring out the differences between Advanced Care Directives, Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney. Information is taken from the ADAM Health Center Encyclopedia.

Personal Affairs Worksheet

This worksheet, provided by the National Cancer Institutes brochure on Coping with Advanced Cancer can help in organizing one’s personal affairs. This sheet provides information for organizing the paper work that will be helpful for family members after a death. It starts on page 50 if you print it out, in the PDF document it is on page 56.

When to Write a Will

A legal expert in the U.K. offers some insights as to when a person should consider writing a will.

There are online fee for service sites that you can do your will with