Family Matters

VA pension

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

Summary

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to eligible survivors of the following:
 

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Adoption and the Military

The Department of Defense (DoD) has stated that family support is critical for service members. It supports service members who decide to adopt children and tries hard to support families during the adoption process.
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"Service Animals" and "Assistance Animals:" What Are My Rights?

Learn about the federal laws that support people in need of a service animal.
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Family Law Overview

"Family law" is the term lawyers use to describe laws that affect families. 

Overview of Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

A brief overview of SCRA legal protections for activated servicemembers, with links to more details.
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Child Support and Veterans Benefits - Q and A

Questions about what can or can't be done to collect child support from your Veteran's Benefits? This article covers some of the most common Q&A's on this topic.
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The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Frequent moves and deployment can create problems for children of military families who are still in school, as a result of different rules and requirements between school districts.
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VA Survivors Pension

 

A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans.
 

Step 1: Check if the Veteran’s service allows you to be eligible.

Step 2: Check if you currently meet the criteria to be eligible.

Step 3: Apply

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Divorce In Military Families – How It’s Different & What You Need To Know

Read our popular Q & A to get started.

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TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)

TANF provides a basic monthly income to families who have few other resources. The program used to be called AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children). It may be called something else in your state.