Can A Veteran’s Surviving Spouse Adopt A Child After The Veterans’s Death and Receive Benefits For That Child?

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Can A Veteran’s Surviving Spouse Adopt A Child After The Veterans’s Death and Receive Benefits For That Child?

Yes, if a veteran’s surviving spouse adopts a child after the veteran’s death, the following must apply:

  • the claimant submits a decree of adoption showing the surviving spouse adopted the child within two years after the date of the veteran’s death
  • the adoptive parent or child’s custodian submits a statement indicating
    • the child was living in the veteran’s household at the time of the veteran’s death, and
    • the veteran or the veteran’s spouse provided the majority of the child’s support from the time the child became a member of the veteran’s household until the date of the decree of adoption, and
  • the statement does not conflict with other evidence of record.

 

Reference:  For more information on adoptions occurring after a veteran’s death, see

 

2015-10-05T00:56:23+00:00 October 5th, 2015|VetsFirst Q&A|