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Silent Partner: The Blended Retirement System and Divorce

SILENT PARTNER is a lawyer-to-lawyer resource for military legal assistance attorneys and civilian lawyers, published by the Military Committee of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section.
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Special Programs for Families

Find programs designed to help families of veterans - dependents and survivors.

Military Service and Social Security Disability Benefits

Did you know that military service members may receive faster processing of disability claims from Social Security? The expedited (faster) process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurred.

Benefits / Financial Resources - Overview

If you are struggling financially, you can benefit from learning about income supports provided by the VA and DoD, as well as needs-based benefits available to the general public.

Examples of VA and DoD benefits:

Army Grade Determination Review Board

The Army Grade Determination Review Board determines or recommends the highest grade satisfactorily held for service/physical disability retirement, retirement pay, and separation for physical disability.

The website includes information about eligibility and the application process to request review.


Surviving Parents Benefits (DIC)

Parents whose child died in-service or from a service-related injury or disease, may be entitled as dependents on the veterans compensation award or to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), which is a monthly cash assistance benefit.  Basic information about the program is provided on this VA Fact Sheet

VA Disability - Step 3: Gather and submit evidence

Maybe filing your claim seemed simple. Winning your claim after you've filed is another matter entirely. If you did this part of the process well, you markedly increased your chances of a good result. But your task isn't complete.  Now you must provide evidence to support your claims.

Food Supplements (formerly Food Stamps)

What are Food Supplements? 

You and your family may qualify for this benefit, even if you have too much money to qualify for other programs. You are given a card (like a debit card) to use when you buy food. (Some states may still use paper “stamps” or may have a different program name.) Your card is credited with monthly payments. The federal government also calls this SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Unemployment Compensation: Special Rules for Servicemembers

What is Unemployment Compensation [UC]?

"Unemployment compensation” [UC] programs provide weekly income to workers who can’t find jobs. UC can help you get by if you are unemployed or only able to find part-time work. Weekly UC payments also include a small amount for dependents. Typically you need to have earned a certain minimum amount during a "base period" in order to qualify.