Is there a time frame a surviving spouse has to file after her husband’s death to receive Veteran’s Benefits?

Surviving spouse of veteran, who died several years ago, requires additional income for an assisted living facility. Is there a time frame that she has to file after her husband’s death?  No, she can file any time, but the effective date will become the date that the VA receives the first written request; i.e. informal request or primary application.

Payment date (if awarded) will be the first day of the next month.

If Veteran was receiving Veteran’s Benefits and she filed within one year of his death, the effective date is the date of his death.

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