VA Benefits for Family Members, Survivors, and Family Caregivers

VA Benefits for family members

Military Family Members, Survivors, and Family Caregivers VA Benefits

Do you know about all of the VA benefits you and your loved ones may qualify for? This list can help you make sure you’re not missing out on health care, life insurance, or financial assistance. If you’re receiving benefits, there are resources to help you learn more about how to manage those benefits.

Healthcare Benefits

TRICARE

If you’re the family member of an active-duty, retired, or deceased service member, National Guard soldier, Reservist, or Medal of Honor recipient, you may qualify for the TRICARE program which includes comprehensive health coverage, including prescription medicines. Learn more by clicking here.

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)

Are you the current or surviving spouse or child of a Veteran with disabilities or a service member who died in the line of duty? If you don’t qualify for TRICARE, you may be able to get health insurance through the  CHAMPVA cost-sharing program.

Find out if you qualify for CHAMPVA and how to apply.

The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

This program offers support and services for family caregivers of eligible Veterans who were seriously injured in the line of duty during certain time periods and meet other eligibility requirements. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply

The Camp Lejeune Family Member Program

If you lived in either U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in North Carolina with an active-duty Veteran who was your spouse or parent of these places for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987, you may have had contact with contaminants in the drinking water there which led to the development of certain diseases later on. If you now have one of the related conditions, you may qualify for health care benefits through VA. Find out if you qualify for this program and how to apply

The Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program

If you’re the biological child of a Korean or Vietnam War Veteran and you’ve been diagnosed with spina bifida, you may qualify for benefits. Find out if you qualify and how to apply

The Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Benefits Program

If you’re the biological child of a woman Vietnam War Veteran and you’ve been diagnosed with certain birth defects, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.Find out if you qualify and how to apply

Pharmacy Benefits

If you qualify for CHAMPVA or the Spina Bifida or Children of Women Vietnam Veterans programs, you can get prescription benefits through your local pharmacy or through our Meds by Mail program. Click here to learn more.

Education

Find out if you’re eligible for VA education benefits for dependents and survivors (also called Chapter 35 benefits) by clicking here.

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Home Loans & Financial Counseling

To get a VA-backed home loan as the surviving spouse of a Veteran, you’ll need a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to show your lender that you qualify for this benefit. Click here for more info.

 

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Life Insurance

Learn how to find out if you’re eligible for Life Insurance, explore your options, manage your policy, and file claims by clicking here.

Burial Benefits

You can apply to find out in advance if you can be buried in a VA national cemetery. This is called a pre-need determination of eligibility—and it can help make the burial planning process easier for your family members in their time of need. Click here to learn more and/or apply.

Survivor’s Pension

If you are a surviving spouses or an unmarried dependent of a wartime Veteran, you may be eligible for a survivor’s pension. Click here to learn more.

Survivors’ Compensation

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, you may be able to get a tax-free monetary benefit called VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (VA DIC). Click here to find out if you’re eligible.

Support and Services For Caregivers of Veterans

Comprehensive Assistance

Find out if you may be eligible and how to apply for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Click here.

General Caregiver Support

The Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) provides resources, education and support to caregivers of Veterans. The Veteran does not need to have a service-connected condition, for which the caregiver is needed, and may have served during any era. No formal application is required.  Get the details here.

Benefits for those Supporting a Veteran or Servicemember

VA Fiduciary Program

Find out how to become a fiduciary who manages finances for a veteran who can’t manage their own because of injury, health conditions, or age. Click here.

Fisher House Program

Learn more about receiving temporary accommodations to be near a veteran or active duty service member receiving medical treatment in a VA health facility far from home. Click here.

Coaching into Care

Learn how to get help for a veteran who is readjusting to civilian life from a licensed Psychologist or Social worker. Click here.

 

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