I retired 31 May 2015, and have a 100% schedular P&T rating effective date of 1 June 2015. I have no single disability rating of 100%, just the combined rating schedule of multiple disabilities put me at 100% P&T, I have been married for 10 years and no status changes are planned
These may look like statements, but they are really questions.
1) Based on a combined rating even without a single 100% rated disability, upon my death, I would meet the requirements set by The Veteran died from a non service-related injury or disease, but was receiving, OR was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling?
2) Based on my retirement date of 31 May 2015 and VA effective rating date of 1 June 2015 (the following day), upon my death I could meet the 5 year not 10 year eligibility clause? Since the Veteran's release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death?
3) Lastly, upon my death, assuming both 1 and 2 are accurate (and meeting 8 years), would my spouse be entitled to Additional Allowances? My concern is the wording since I do not have a single 100% rated disability, just a combined 100%. Add $267.12 if at the time of the veteran's death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling (including a rating based on individual unemployability) for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years.
My understanding seems to be YES to all, 1) yes meets eligibility based on 100% schedular P&T. 2) Yes, meets the 5 year clause. 3) Yes, entitled to additional allowances if death occurs 8 years or more from effective date. Am I understanding that correctly?