An important change in the law allows certain veterans's widowed spouses to reinstate entitlement to benefits previously forfeited due to remarriage. Public Law 108-083, Veterans Benefits Act of 2003, allows reinstatement of "Dependency and Indemnity Compensation" (DIC) benefits to surviving spouses who remarried at age 57 or older and lost benefits due to remarriage.

These veterans' widowed spouses may be reinstated, but they must apply in writing to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by Dec. 15.

Generally, VA pays DIC to the surviving spouses of military service members who die while on active duty, and to surviving spouses of veterans whose death resulted from service-related causes. For information, call (800) 827-1000.

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