Select Page

M21-1, Part IX, Subpart ii, Chapter 1, Section B – Eligibility Determinations and Claims

Overview


In This Section

This section contains the following topics:
Topic
Topic Name
1
2

1.  Determining Eligibility for the Special Allowance Under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a)


Introduction

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

Change Date

February 3, 2011

IX.ii.1.B.1.a.  Eligibility Determinations Made by VA

If the Veteran’s death occurs after separation from service, and there is possible entitlement to special allowance under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a) as described in M21-1, Part IX, Subpart ii, 1.A.1.a, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes the following determinations:
  • line of duty and service connection for the cause of death as provided in38 CFR 3.1(k) and 38 CFR 3.1(m), based on a service-connected disability incurred or aggravated after September 15, 1940, and
  • whether discharge or release from active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training was under conditions other than dishonorable per 38 CFR 3.12 and 38 CFR 3.804.

IX.ii.1.B.1.b.  Eligibility Determinations Made by SSA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines and certifies the following:
  • whether the Veteran was fully and currently insured at the time of death
  • whether there is a survivor eligible to receive the special allowance under38 U.S.C. 1312(a)
  • the first month of entitlement and the amount of monthly benefits that are to be paid to each eligible survivor under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a), and
  • any subsequent determination requiring
    • deductions from monthly benefits
    • termination of entitlement, or
    • increases or decreases in monthly benefits.

2.  Claims for the Special Allowance Under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a)

 


Introduction

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

Change Date

May 14, 2015

IX.ii.1.B.2.a.  Accepting Claims for the Special Allowance

No special application is required to claim the special allowance under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a).
Accept a claim for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) on the following forms as a claim for special allowance when it is determined that the benefit is payable:
Reference:  For more information on eligibility for the special allowance, see M21-1, Part IX, Subpart ii, 1.A.1.a.

IX.ii.1.B.2.b.  Handling the Receipt of VA Form 21-4182

If a …
Then …
VA Form 21-4182 is received from a surviving
  • spouse
  • child, or
  • parent
before taking action, obtain a completed application on
VA Form 2l-4182 or a specific inquiry regarding entitlement under 38 U.S.C. 1312(a) is received from a person who
  • has no apparent entitlement to DIC, and
  • has not filed a formal application for DIC
take rating action, if required, for the determination of entitlement as described in M21-1, Part IX, Subpart ii, 1.B.1.b without first obtaining a formal application provided there is no legal bar to the payment of such allowance.
Transmittal-pt09_sp02_TS_02-08-11.doc May 19, 2019 49 KB
Change-May-14-2015-Transmittal-Sheet-M21-1IX_ii_1_SecB_TS.docx May 19, 2019 39 KB
Did this article answer your question?

Leave a Reply





Pin It on Pinterest

Share This