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Ernest Moy, MD
Executive Director

Ernest Moy, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Office of Health Equity of the VHA. This office supports and coordinates efforts to understand and reduce disparities in health and health care affecting veterans.

Prior to joining VHA, he was a Medical Officer in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC, he studied rural health disparities, analyzed linked hospital-vital statistics data to identify care patterns that placed patients at high risk for opioid poisoning death, and developed new data visualizations and partnerships for disseminating health statistics.

Prior to CDC, he was Director of the Division in the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that designed and produced the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, submitted annually to Congress, and related web tools. He has also worked as a Director of Research and Assistant Vice President at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Emergency Care Physician at the Baltimore VAMC.

Ernest is a graduate of Harvard College, New York University School of Medicine, and Columbia University School of Public Health. Following internal medicine residency, he was a general internal medicine fellow at Columbia University and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Finance fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

Ernest’s research interests include disparities in access and quality of care, particularly the application of electronic health records, machine learning, and systems science modeling to improve health care. He was selected to serve as the first Academy Health Innovator-in-Residence. | Veterans Affairs (8)

Taylor Hooker, M.S., CTRS, NBC-HWC
Health System Specialist,Logistics and Dissemination Lead

Taylor Hooker is a Health System Specialist with OHE where she leads logistics and dissemination efforts. Prior to joining OHE, Taylor worked within VHA to providing direct care as a Recreation Therapist at the St. Cloud and Washington, DC VA Medical Centers where she oversaw care for Veterans with chronic substance use disorders. She was responsible for the development of several patient care programs that have been replicated at VAMCs across the country. She serves as a subject matter expert on equine assisted services (EAS) and is helping to support the advancement of EAS in VHA.

Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University’s College of Human Movement Sciences, where she is a member of the teaching faculty, in addition to lecturing for several universities in health and human services. She completed her master’s degree and is currently a doctoral student at Clemson University where she is exploring the motivations and impacts of EAS on Veterans’ mental health. Taylor’s research interests revolve around nonpharmacological approach to Veterans’ health, with special emphasis on leisure, lifestyle, and wellness-based interventions. | Veterans Affairs (9)

Kenneth T. Jones, PhD
Supervisory Program Analyst, Data Analysis Lead

Kenneth T.Jones has served as a Program Analyst with OHE since 2012. In this position, he advises on quantitative data and other measures to better understand and address health equity issues for vulnerable Veterans. He has served as the progam lead on field-based health equity quality improvement projects and as co-investigator on a research protocol to examine health and healthcare disparities among transgender Veterans.

Prior to his current role, Kenneth served as a public health analyst and behavioral scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he created the country’s first effective community-level behavioral intervention for young black men who have sex with men at risk for HIV. He has also served as the Director of Research for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kenneth received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and is a recent graduate of the inaugural class of the Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity Fellowship Program based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Health Workforce Institute) in Washington, DC. He alsorecently completed training in Health Care Executive Leadership from the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives sponsored by the Uniform Services University of the Health Services (Bethesda, Maryland). | Veterans Affairs (10)

Shannon M. Jordan, MPH
Program Analyst, Engagement Lead

Shannon M. Jordan isa Program Analyst where she utilizes data analysis, evaluation and program management to support the advancement of health and health care equity for Veterans impacted by disparities. Shannon previously worked with the VA Office of Research and Development where she served as the Program Manager for the Scientific Merit Review Board and coordinated the Data and Safety Monitoring Board review process for Health Services Research and Development.

Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Shannon worked for over 15 years as a Chemical Information Specialist for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM) Environmental Health and Toxicology Program where she developed and maintained biomedical information databases and specialized in designing and providing training and outreach programs and services for researchers, healthcare providers, and special populations to eliminate health disparities. She is the recipient of a 2014 White House GreenGov Presidential Award for her work on the NIH Substances of Concern Reduction Initiative. Shannon received her bachelor of science in chemistry and Master of Public Health degrees from Howard University.

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Lauren Korshak, DHealth(c), MS, RCEP
Health System Specialist, Translation Lead

Lauren Korshak is a Health System Specialist with OHE where she leads translation efforts. Prior to joining OHE, Lauren worked within VHA to develop and expand VA’s strategic partnerships with nongovernmental organizations that included Amazon, YMCA, United States Tennis Association, (USTA), and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative, as well as with community Choice providers to ensure that Veterans were connected to treatment in their communities as well as within their VA Medical Centers.

Lauren practiced as a physiologist at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, where she oversaw the exercise and stress management components of the Lifestyle Intervention for Veterans (LIVe) Program at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, a holistic program aimedat providingintensive diabetes management through lifestyle interventions as an adjunct to traditional medication therapy, and was engaged in epidemiology, systems redesign,and clinical research.

Lauren holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, where she is a member of the teaching faculty. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Bath in England and explores and has published on the relationships between chronic disease, exercise capacity and mortality. Lauren has been interviewed by television news and radio channels about the importance of engaging in healthy behaviors.

OHE Health Equity Fellows and Scholars

VHA Health Equity Roundtable Fellows

Roundtable Fellows serve on theNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities. | Veterans Affairs (12)

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD


Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a fellow within the Veteran’s Health Administration’s Office of Health Equity. In this role, he serves as the liaison to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable. Dr. Jenkins also serves as a Vice-Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Fellow within The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a lecturer in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences within the School of Nursing. Jenkins serves as the director of the Interpreting Attitudes toward Minorities in Medicine (I AM) Research Group. AcademyHealth along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation appointed Dr. Jenkins to the Paradigm Project learning community which focuses on design-thinking principles and approaches, to devise and test innovative approaches to revolutionize the health services research.

In 2017, National Quality Forum named him a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care, awarded Dr. Jenkins the highly-competitive New Connections award for early career scholars. After obtaining his bachelor’s from North Carolina Central University and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University focused on medical and legal history, Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology & Law from the University of Florida.

This two-time national journalism award winner examines the influence of race, racism, and psychosocial stress within medicine. Dr. Jenkins leads research studies that examine how racism makes people who are living with chronic kidney disease sicker. As an author, Jenkins is currently working on the book, Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Racism in Medicine and serves as co-editor of the forthcoming book Contemporary African America (New York University Press). | Veterans Affairs (13)

Michelle S. Wong, PhD

Michelle S. Wong is a Health Science Specialist at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System’s Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy (CSHIIP). Her research interests are in health equity and social determinants of health, including how healthcare systems can address social determinants as a means to improve health equity. She has been involved in Office of Health Equity – QUERI Partnered Evaluation Initiative (PEI) to examine and address racial/ethnic disparities in the VA healthcare system. Her most recent work with the PEI includes several first-authored publications that examined racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 testing, infection, and mortality, as well as an exploration of social determinants that may explain these disparities. Her prior research has examined the relationship between social determinants—including neighborhoods, family, and housing policies—and racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity-related outcomes and behaviors.

She has previously worked at the Brookings Institution and as a management consultant at IMS Health (now IQVIA). She received her PhD in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from the Department of Health Policy and Management and a BS from Yale University in Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics.

VHA/AcademyHealth Health Equity Scholar | Veterans Affairs (14)

Sarah H. Gordon, PhD

Sarah Gordon is an assistant professor in the department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also an Investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) in Boston, MA. She received her doctorate in Health Services Research from the Brown University School of Public Health and her Master of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Gordon's research evaluates the effect of healthcare policies on health equity, with a particular focus on health insurance and access to care among low-income populations. Dr. Gordon is a VHA/AcademyHealth Health Equity Scholar and the past recipient of the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh Scholarship and a Dissertation Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Summary: As the VHA/AcademyHealth Health Equity Scholar, Dr. Gordon is examining the effects of Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) Community Care Program on access to primary care and behavioral health services among other insured populations, particularly in regions of the country with limited provider supply. This project will assess whether this the relationship between Community Care utilization rates and access to care differs by (1) type of insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, Marketplace, private insurance, military, other), (2) whether states adopted Medicaid expansion, (3) geographic variation in rurality and (4) geographic variation in provider supply. Study findings will have important policy implications for assessing the impact of the VHA Community Care Program on equitable access to care across the health care delivery system.

Health Equity Fellows | Veterans Affairs (15)

Amber Allen,MPP

Amber Allen completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology in the Spring of 2019 and her Master of Public Policy in the Spring of 2020. While completing her Masters, she primarily concentrated on social and health policy, with some coursework in education and environmental policy. Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are particularly interesting to her. From the Fall of 2019 to the Spring of 2020, Amber completed an evaluative capstone project for her Master’s with the Office of Health Equity to learn about their products and operations, determine what was working, and provide recommendations. In her time with the Office of Health Equity, she also assisted with the novel podcast development. | Veterans Affairs (16)Codie Kesler, MPH(c)

Codie Kesler is a Master’s of Public Health candidate at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, Class of 2020. Prior to joining OHE, she served as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman from 2008 till 2015 before obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science from George Mason University. Her interests include women’s health, health education, community health, and global health.

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Jasen Lau received his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Public Health in order to combine his two passions of law and healthcare to serve the public and return to Veterans what they gave to ensure our freedoms. | Veterans Affairs (18)Erica Morris, MPH

Erica Morris is a 2020 MPHgraduate at the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University (GWU), where she speicalized in Epidemiology. She is a dependent of a military Veteran and, in addition to her fellowship with OHE, is also working at GWU's Military and Veteran Services Office. Prior to coming to Washington, DC to begin her graduate studies, she spent time volunterring at the Orlando VA Hospital in Lake Nona. | Veterans Affairs (19)

Meagan Walters,MPP

Meagan Walters is a Master of Public Policygraduate at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Her work with OHE focuses on how social determinants of health contribute to health disparities in the Veteran population. She also studies interventions to improve limited health literacy among Veterans. Prior to joining OHE, Meagan interned at the VA Boston Healthcare System. In Boston, she assisted program analysts in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of the VA Whole Health Program. She also conducted and presented data analyses for the Veteran Experience team.

Health Equity Virtual Fellows | Veterans Affairs (20)

Jaime Boris, MHA(c)

Jaime Boris is a Master’s in Health Administration candidate at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (Class of 2022). She has an interest in health equity and innovation, and is passionate about improving the patient experience with technology. Before coming to OHE, she graduated with a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology from George Washington University. She worked at StartUp Health, a leading incubator and was previously an Exercise Physiology Intern at the DC VA Medical Center. At the OHE, she is working on several projects regarding food insecurity and obesity. | Veterans Affairs (21)

Shane Lamba, MPH(c)

Shane Lamba is a Health Science Specialist at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Spinal Cord Injuries/Disorders Center (SCI/D). He is conducting clinical research (funded by the VA Cooperative Studies Program, and VA Health Services Research & Development) in the fields of health equity, access to health care, and quality of life among Veterans with SCI. He is also an ancillary study Co-Investigator at the Stanford University PRIDE Study, where he is looking at differences with access to quality care between LGBTQ+ people with disabilities and those without disabilities. He is a Master of Public Health candidate at the University of New England, Class of 2022. His interests include social determinants of health, access to care/barriers for LGBTQ+ people, disability-related issues, community health education, and health policy changes that make health attainable for all people. He will be working with the Office of Health Equity, primarily analyzing LGBTQ+ Veteran data to disseminate broadly across the system, as well as working with SCI specific health data to understand gaps in care. | Veterans Affairs (22)Julia McGirr, MS, MPH(c)

Julia McGirr is a Master’s in Public Health candidate at George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health (class of 2021). She has an interest in health equity and global health, and is passionate about ensuring all people have access to proper standards of care and biomedical innovations. Before coming to OHE, she studied biomedicine with a B.S. in Biology from Brown University and a M.S. in Molecular Biomedicine from the University of Copenhagen. She also worked at the Buck Institute on a collaboration with a pharmaceutical company to develop a novel therapeutic. At the OHE, she is working on dissemination products regarding health inequities among LGBTQ+ Veterans. | Veterans Affairs (23)

Elisabeth Warne, BA(c)

Elisabeth Warne is receiving a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Biology and Society, from Cornell University and is interested in pursuing a career in public health. She is currently interning with the Wagner Indian Health Services through the Virtual Student Federal Service program. Summer of 2019, she interned with Lane County Public Health Department in Oregon in the Maternal and Child Health department. Elisabeth is also working to understand the impact of state policies during COVID-19 and is contributing to a COVID-19 Tableau data visualization!/vizhome/covidState6/Story1).

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Lei-Nikki Bowser, MHA

Presidential Management Fellow

Lei-Nikki is a Presidential Management Fellow and works at the Office of Health Equity on communication and stakeholder collaboration efforts. She has 10+ years of experience working with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Upon arriving to OHE, Nikki works as a Government Technical Representative (GTR) for various program offices across HUD. In her GTR role, she manages millions of federal dollars through cooperative agreements and oversees numerous technical assistance and capacity building projects that are intended to improve overall performance of HUD grantees.

In 2018, Nikki received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland University College and is excited to work closely with the OHE team to identify and address health equity issues. Her expressed areas of interest include access to care, mental health and affordable housing. | Veterans Affairs (25)

Meredity Henne, MPH
Fellow, 2019

Meredith Henne received her MPH from the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University, with a specialization in Community Oriented Primary Care. Prior to joining OHE, she interned at the American Correctional Association in Alexandria, VA. During that time, she assisted in the development and implementation of their Correctional Health Trainings and Certifications for correctional officers and healthcare professionals. She also served as a project assistant to develop and update surveys studyingcorrectional Hepatitis C and Opioid Use Disorder that were distributed to several correctional systems throughout the country. | Veterans Affairs (26)

Jessly Joy MPH(c)
Fellow, 2019

Jessly Joy is a Masters of Public Health candidate at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, Class of 2020, following the Epidemiology and Biostatistics track. While an OHE fellow, she concurrently works in the Division of Analysis and Epidemiology at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, where she supports several national public health initiatives, including Healthy People 2020 and the annual report Health, United States. Her research interests include mental health, women’s health, and health disparities.

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How do I access my VA benefits? ›

Once I'm signed in, how do I check my VA claim or appeal status?
  1. Go to your "My VA" dashboard. You'll find the link for this dashboard in the top right corner of the page once you're signed in.
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What are the 5 types of Veterans? ›

Under VEVRAA, a veteran may be classified as a ''disabled veteran,'' ''recently separated veteran,'' ''active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran,'' or ''Armed Forces service medal veteran. ''

How do I talk to someone about VA benefits? ›

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Do you get extra money from Social Security for being a veteran? ›

Under certain circumstances, special earnings can be credited to your military pay record for Social Security purposes. The extra earnings are for periods of active duty or active duty for training. These extra earnings may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.

Do veterans get extra Social Security benefits? ›

Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you may have extra Social Security wage credits added to your earnings record.

What are the 4 types of Veterans? ›

What is the difference between a combat, war, or peacetime veteran?
  • Combat Veteran. Every service member who meets the active duty requirement is a veteran, but combat veterans and war veterans are entitled to additional VA benefits other veterans do not receive. ...
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Is VA disability taxable? ›

Disability compensation is a benefit paid to Veterans because of injuries or disease that happened during active duty. In some cases, an existing disease or injury was worsened due to active military service. This benefit is also paid to certain Veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.

How long do you have to be married to a veteran to get benefits? ›

To qualify for most benefits, the spouse must have been married to the veteran for at least a year. In some cases, if the spouse of a veteran remarries, benefits may be terminated.

Does having a DD214 make you a veteran? ›

Even in the private sector, your DD214 proves you are a veteran, letting you apply with companies looking to support or hire vets.

How long do you have to be in the military to be considered a veteran? ›

"As long as you were deployed on active duty for at least 180 days and you didn't get a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge coming off those orders, then you could be considered a veteran," said Army Sgt.

What medal make you a protected veteran? ›

Armed Forces Service Medal* Veteran Veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military ground, naval, or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985 (61 Fed. Reg. 1209).

At what age does VA disability stop? ›

When veterans reach age 67, all VA disability payments would revert to the amount associated with the rated disability level; veterans age 67 or older who are already receiving IU payments would no longer receive them after the effective date of the option.

What is the VA 5 year rule? ›

The VA disability 5 year rule allows the VA to ex-examine your VA disability rating within 5 years of your initial examination if your condition is expected to improve over time. However, the VA may still change your disability rating past the 5-year deadline if your condition has significantly improved.

Are VA disability payments for life? ›

VA disability is usually not for life. When you start collecting benefits, it's with the understanding that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can and will periodically review your situation and reassess whether you should continue receiving benefits, and at the same level.

Is there really a $16728 Social Security bonus? ›

You can receive as much as a $16,728 bonus or more every year. A particular formula will determine the money you'll receive in your retirement process. You must know the hacks for generating higher future payments.

Can you collect Social Security and VA disability at the same time? ›

Can I collect both Social Security disability benefits and VA disability compensation? Yes, military veterans who become disabled during their service can collect disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation at the same time.

What is the maximum Social Security benefit? ›

The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire. For example, if you retire at full retirement age in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $3,345. However, if you retire at age 62 in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $2,364. If you retire at age 70 in 2022, your maximum benefit would be $4,194.

How much will my Social Security be reduced if I have a pension? ›

How much will my Social Security benefits be reduced? We'll reduce your Social Security benefits by two-thirds of your government pension. In other words, if you get a monthly civil service pension of $600, two-thirds of that, or $400, must be deducted from your Social Security benefits.

Why did I get two Social Security checks this month? ›

You Are Receiving Both SSD and SSI

The most common reason someone might be receiving two Social Security payments in a single month is that they are receiving both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) benefits and Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Do military retirees have to pay for Medicare? ›

When you use TRICARE For Life, you don't pay any enrollment fees, but you must have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. Medicare Part A is paid from payroll taxes while you are working. Medicare Part B has a monthly premium, which is based on your income.

What Veterans are not eligible for VA health care? ›

If you're a current or former member of the Reserves or National Guard, you must have been called to active duty by a federal order and completed the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty. If you had or have active-duty status for training purposes only, you don't qualify for VA health care.

What is not protected veteran? ›

Not a Protected Veteran: A veteran who meets federal and/or state definition to qualify as a veteran but is not in the protected class of veteran for employment, reemployment or benefits.

How do you prove you are a veteran? ›

To verify Veteran status, CVE generally requests the applicant to provide official documentation from the military such as an individual's DD-214 form.

Can the IRS take your VA disability check? ›

By law, the IRS cannot levy VA disability benefits or any government checks you receive as public assistance (i.e. VA pension).

Do 100% disabled veterans have to file taxes? ›

No. A disability rating of 100 percent is required to be eligible for the exemption.

Are there any federal tax breaks for 100 disabled veterans? ›

The property of a veteran with a 100 percent disability rating — including joint or community property of the veteran and the veteran's spouse — may be exempt from property tax if it is occupied by the disabled veteran as their principal place of residence.

When my husband dies will I get his VA disability? ›

If you're the surviving spouse, child, or parent of a service member who died in the line of duty, or the survivor of a Veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness, you may be able to get a tax-free monetary benefit called VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (VA DIC).

How much will the VA pay my wife to be my caregiver? ›

Effective 12/1/21 through 11/30/22, a single veteran with no dependents may be entitled to as much as $2,050 / month, a married veteran or a veteran with a dependent may be entitled to as much as $2,431 / month, and a surviving spouse with no dependents may be entitled to as much as $1,317 / month.

Can my wife take my VA disability in a divorce? ›

No. Federal law – specifically, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act, found at 10 U.S.C. §1408 – exempts VA disability payments from division upon divorce. It is not an asset which can be divided at divorce as marital or community property.

Do veterans get tax breaks? ›

California, for instance, allows qualified disabled Veterans to receive a property tax exemption on the first $196,262 of their primary residence if their total household income does not exceed $40,000 and the Veteran is 100 percent disabled as a result of service.

Do veterans get free life insurance? ›

Totally disabled Veterans are eligible for free coverage and have the opportunity to purchase additional life insurance.

Who can get help from SSAFA? ›

Who we help. Our support covers both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They are all entitled to lifelong support from SSAFA, no matter how long they have served.

What benefits do military widows get? ›

The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) provides financial support to military spouses and/or children when a military member dies while on duty or after retirement. SBP provides eligible beneficiaries with a monthly payment known as an annuity. The recipient of an SBP annuity is referred to as the annuitant.

Can the IRS take your VA disability check? ›

By law, the IRS cannot levy VA disability benefits or any government checks you receive as public assistance (i.e. VA pension).

Do veterans pay property tax? ›

The program provides real estate tax exemption for any honorably discharged veteran who is 100% disabled, a resident of the Commonwealth and has a financial need. Veteran's eligibility criteria: Received Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions discharge.

Do I have to report my VA disability as income? ›

Disability benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aren't taxable. You don't need to include them as income on your tax return. Tax-free disability benefits include: disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families.

Does VA pay for casket? ›

Fact 5: Veterans' Caskets Are Not Free

Neither the VA nor the individual branches of the military provide free caskets for deceased veterans unless death occurs while they are on active duty. Goods and services purchased from funeral homes or cremation providers are not covered by the VA and must be paid for privately.

How much does the widow of a 100% disabled veteran receive? ›

If you're the surviving spouse of a Veteran, your monthly rate would start at $1,437.66. Then for each additional benefit you qualify for, you would add the amounts from the Added amounts table.

What does the VA pay for when a veteran dies? ›

VA will pay up to $796 toward burial and funeral expenses for deaths on or after October 1, 2019 (if hospitalized by VA at time of death), or $300 toward burial and funeral expenses (if not hospitalized by VA at time of death), and a $796 plot-interment allowance (if not buried in a national cemetery).

Can SSAFA help with debt? ›

SSAFA can give you the support you need. Our caseworkers will let you know about qualified debt advisors working in your area, although they cannot give advice themselves.

What does the SSAFA do? ›

SSAFA is the Armed Forces charity, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, and is a UK-wide charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents.

How do I contact SSAFA? ›

Need help? Contact Forcesline, our help desk for any member of the armed forces, veterans and their families, on 0800 260 6767, or send them a message using their Forcesline contact form.

Is there really a $16728 Social Security bonus? ›

You can receive as much as a $16,728 bonus or more every year. A particular formula will determine the money you'll receive in your retirement process. You must know the hacks for generating higher future payments.

Do I get my husband's VA benefits if he dies? ›

A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits set by Congress. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

When a Veteran dies does the spouse receive benefits? ›

The period of entitlement for a surviving spouse extends for 10 years from the date of the veteran's death. For surviving spouses of veterans who died on active duty, benefits end 20 years from the date of death. A surviving child must generally be between 18 and 26 years of age.


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