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Marriage & Military-Veteran Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions on Topics for the Entire Family, for your health and well being and more!
FAQs - Marriage & Military-Veteran Benefits
Who is considered a spouse for purposes of VA benefits?
What supporting evidence do I have to submit with my claim or application to add my spouse as a dependent?
What does a claimant's or applicant's "assertion" entail?
Will VA pay retroactive compensation and pension benefits for claims involving same-sex spouses? What will be the effective date?
Does VA apply different requirements when evaluating my same-sex marriage? Will VA apply different requirements to a same-sex marriage?
I filed my claim or application the day after the Attorney General's announcement in September and still haven't received a decision? Why?
Can I transfer my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to my same-sex spouse, even if my marriage is not recognized for the purpose of other VA benefits and services?
What if I currently live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?
What if I resided in a state that recognized same-sex marriage at the time I was married?
What if I have never lived in a state that recognized same-sex marriage, but I traveled to a recognition state to marry?
Does VA recognize common law marriages?
How long do I have to live in a state for VA to consider the state my residence?
Can I have more than one place of residence?
What if my spouse and I lived in different places when we were married?
What if my home state changed its laws to recognize same-sex marriage after I traveled to be married somewhere else?
What if I move to a state that recognizes same-sex marriage while my claim or application is pending?
What if I move to a state that recognizes same-sex marriage after my claim or application was denied?
What if I got married outside of the United States?
What if I resided outside of the United States at the time of my marriage or when I filed my claim?
The Department of Defense recognized my marriage-will VA?
What if VA has recognized my marriage for a different benefit?
What if I move to a state that recognizes same-sex marriage after my Veteran spouse dies?
I am a Veteran enrolled in VA health care. Will this change in the law affect my eligibility?
I am considering applying for VA health care or previously applied for VA health care and was denied based on income. Will this change in the law affect my eligibility?
If my marriage is recognized for the purposes of VA benefits, what benefits may I be eligible for?
What benefits may my spouse be eligible for?
Will VA recognize my domestic partnership or civil union for purposes of VA benefits?
Can VA confirm that the surviving same-sex spouse of a deceased Veteran, who is already interred in a VA national cemetery, will be eligible for interment with the Veteran?
If there is a subject you think we need in the FAQ section, please contact us and let us know!