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survivor widower & VA benefits

My mother has been drawing social security as a widower on my fathers earnings for 2 years and now is living in assistive living. She may be eligible to received VA benefit to help with her expenses, as she has no savings left. Will the VA award affect the amount of social security she is receiving now?


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Generally, there is no reduction of Social Security benefits because of your military retirement benefits. You'll get your full Social Security benefit based on your earnings.

Social Security survivors benefits may affect benefits payable under the optional Department of Defense Survivors Benefit Plan. Check with the Department of Defense or your military retirement advisor for more information.

http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/veterans.htm

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