- the spouse or child of a veteran who has been rated for total and permanent disability due to service-connected disability by the VA (that is, a VA regional office)
- the widow/widower or child of a veteran who passed away due to a service-connected disability rated by the VA
- the widow/widower or child of a veteran who at the time of death, was rated as permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability
- the widow/widower or child of a military man or woman
who was killed in the line of duty (but not due to bad
conduct– often though these will be TRICARE eligible rather than
Accrued benefits are only payable if the VA Form 21-534 was filed within one year after the veteran's death.
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