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  •  They should also get pensions if (2+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, Cadillac64

    Hetero widows receive them.

    "To live in a world where truth matters and justice, however late, really happens, that world would be heaven enough for us all." - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

    by blueoregon on Mon May 19, 2014 at 09:39:06 AM PDT

    •  The don't - either one (1+ / 0-)
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      Military retirement is paid to the member only.  If the service member dies, the retirement dies with them.  There is a program called Survivors Benefit Plan - SBP - that provides a reduced benefit (55%) upon the death of the service member.  The problem is that it is so expensive that it is only worth it if you die the day after you retire.  You are much better off buying a large level term policy before retiring - exactly what I will be doing next year.

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Tue May 20, 2014 at 05:16:21 PM PDT

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      •  Very true, but if the service member is disabled, (0+ / 0-)

        it can be impossible to get life insurance.  My husband kept his insurance from the Navy, which you can also do if you pay the premiums.  However, it is only worth $50,000.  When he was ruled 100% service connected, they gave him an aditional $10,000 without having to pay a premium. We also got a couple of those guarenteed life policys, not cheap and only for $10,000 each, but better than nothing.  We are raising a granddaughter, so life insurance is important.  Also, I should be eligible for a pension when he dies from the VA because he is 100% service connected and we have been married for 39 years in June. I think you have to be married 10 years, and 10 of those years have to be when the disabled one is 100%.  They don't make it easy and I know of many wives who thought they were eligible only to find out they weren't.  

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