Other Considerations for Veterans

The BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION AUXILIARY of Alexandria, VA, is here to help in a number of situations. When you have questions about assistance for blind veterans, we hope to provide the answer. The spouse's guide to veteran benefits contains information about:

• Prescription & Commissary
• Divorce
• Noncompetitive Federal Employment
• Bigamy
• Lost Pension or Compensation Checks
• Widow's Income Tax
• Point Preference in Government Employment


The last section of the guide contains information about several specific topics. We recommend that you use this as a reference when a veteran passes away, when you are thinking about divorce, or in a number of other instances.


Things to Know After Your Veteran Passes Away

In the year of the veteran's death, the spouse and veteran will be considered as though they had been married for the entire year. If the spouse does not remarry in that tax year, there is the option for filing a joint return and claiming exemptions for both.

The surviving spouse may be entitled to the surviving spouse's benefits. This enables the spouse to compute taxes using the tax rate schedule under the heading married taxpayers filing joint returns and certain widows and widowers. There is the potential for substantial tax savings.


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