Sounds like you have the SS part worked out. I have experience with the VA rules and if you were still married to your husband and not at fault for the separation, you are eligible to receive VA benefits based on his service. If he was receiving disability compensation and not pension, you would be entitled to DIC if his death is deemed related to his military service. If he was receiving pension benefits, your entitlement would be based on your income. Unfortunately, since you are receiving SSDI, your income would probably disqualify you from any pension benefits unless you have out of pocket medical expenses to offset your income. The VA pension program is similar to SSI and Medicaid programs. DIC is not income based and is more like SSDI.
I highly recommend you apply for VA benefits whether or not you think you may qualify. The worst that can happen is they say no but you may also be approved so what will it hurt to apply? You can apply online at the va.gov website. I encourage you to send in an application. You have nothing to lose. Best wishes.View Thread
I have been on meds for seven years and do not know if they are helping all that much. I do know that before I went on them I was in a very dark place. I am afraid to let myself get to that point again so I have stayed on the meds even though I have gained 60 pounds since I went on them and tremble so much (it seems) that I feel like I have Parkinson's disease. I also see a therapist who so far has made me feel twice as bad. So my personal advice is to take the meds, sooner than later. I know if I go back to that dark place I might not make it back out again. Best wishes. I sincerely hope you feel better soon.View Thread