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Survivors Benefits

In this section, you will find information on payments that can be made to those left behind when a service person or veteran dies as a result of their service in the Armed Forces. There are two schemes that may apply:

  • The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme where the cause of death originated from service on or after 6 April 2005.
  • The War Widow(er)s Pension scheme where the cause of death originated from service before 6 April 2005.

It can sometimes be difficult to decide when a cause of death first originated, especially where an illness is involved, so we have included information on both schemes within this section.  Don’t worry – the MOD can help you decide which scheme may apply in your particular case. 

Your Questions Answered
The following questions will help you find out all you need to know about Survivors Benefits and how to apply, but if you aren’t sure or need any other assistance, just call the Veterans UK helpline on 0808 1914 2 18  and an advisor will be pleased to help.

1. Who can receive Survivors Benefits
2. What benefits are available ?
3. Who is an eligible child ?
4. I am claiming in respect of someone who served before AND after 6 April 2005 – which Scheme will my claim be considered under?
5. How can I make a claim ?
6. How are Survivors Benefits calculated ?
7. I have received payment from another source – will this affect the money I receive ?
8. Will I receive my payments for life?


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