Social Security Benefits

Social Security monthly benefits are paid to a spouse or a divorced spouse, regardless of age, with children of the deceased service member in his/her care who are under age 16 or disabled and meet Social Security requirements. Monthly payments are also paid to a child until age 18, or until age 19 if the child is a full-time student at a primary or secondary school. Monthly payments continue past age 18 if the child is disabled before age 18. The amount paid can be determined only by the Social Security Administration.

The Lump-Sum Death Benefit is up to $255 and is paid to the surviving spouse living with the member at the time of death. If there is no surviving spouse, it is paid to the oldest child who was eligible for or entitled to Social Security benefits for the month of death. No other survivors are entitled to this benefit. Eligible survivors should apply through the nearest Social Security office.

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