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M21-1, Part IX, Subpart ii, Chapter 1, Section A – General Information

Overview


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This section contains the following topics:
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1.  Description of the Special Allowance Under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a)

 


Introduction

This topic describes the special allowance under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a), including

Change Date

November 16, 2004

IX.ii.1.A.1.a.  Description of the Special Allowance

The special allowance under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a) is a gratuitous benefit to the surviving dependents of a member of a uniformed service who was not a fully and currently insured individual under Title II of the Social Security Act who died on or after January 1, 1957 per 38 CFR 3.804, either
  • while on active duty or active or inactive duty for training, or
  • after separation as the result of a service-connected disability incurred after September 15, 1940.

IX.ii.1.A.1.b.  Who Can Be Paid the Special Allowance

The special allowance is paid only to the persons as designated by and at the rates and for the periods certified by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

IX.ii.1.A.1.c.  Who Cannot Be Paid the Special Allowance

The special allowance cannot be paid based on

2.  Jurisdiction for Payment of the Special Allowance Under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a)


Introduction

This topic contains information on the jurisdiction for payment of the special allowance under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a), including

Change Date

August 14, 2014

IX.ii.1.A.2.a. Jurisdiction of Special Allowance Claims

The Philadelphia Pension Management Center (PMC) has the sole authority to make awards and payments of the special allowance under 38 U.S.C 1312(a).
Development of special allowance claims is the responsibility of the regional office (RO) with original jurisdiction.
References:  For more information on

IX.ii.1.A.2.b. Transfer of Folders to the Philadelphia PMC

When the SSA furnishes SSA Form 101Determination of AwardSSA Form 101C,Determination of Award, or SSA Form 101U3Determination of Award to the RO to authorize payment
  • take necessary adjudicative action on any other claim pending in the case, and
  • once adjudicative action is completed, permanently transfer the deceased Veteran’s claims folder to the Philadelphia PMC for payment of the special allowance under 38 U.S.C 1312(a).

 

3.  Answering Inquiries From Claimants


Introduction

This topic contains information on answering inquiries from claimants, including information on

Change Date

November 16, 2004

IX.ii.1.A.3.a.  Inquiries Answered by VA

After the approval of an award, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) answers inquiries relating to
  • when the initial payment will be made
  • the nonreceipt of a check
  • the change of address of the payee, and
  • the change of fiduciary.
Note:  Include the Social Security number on any correspondence sent to a payee.  Send a copy of the letter to the servicing SSA Program Service Center (PSC).

IX.ii.1.A.3.b.  Referring Inquiries to the SSA

Refer all inquiries pertaining to matters other than those listed in M21-1, Part IX, Subpart ii, 1.A.3.a to the servicing SSA PSC, using a locally-generated letter, and inform the claimant of the referral.
Note:  This includes inquiries concerning the amount of payment and termination of payments.
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