VA demands repayment of survivor benefits after woman dies

According to a Washington news station, the VA is demanding that the family of a widow who was receiving surviving spouse benefits repay the last month of benefits she received before she died.

Ruth McDonald was married to Claude McDonald, a WWII veteran who was the recipient of two purple hearts and a bronze star for saving another soldier’s life. When he passed away, his wife was eligible for survivor’s benefits and received $1,633 per month from the VA.

Mrs. McDonald died in an assisted living facility on June 26 at age 89 and now the VA wants the full $1,633 payment for June back from McDonald’s estate.  According to a statement by the VA:

“Upon the death of a surviving spouse, the VA will pay benefits through the last day of the month before the death.”

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and plans to meet with the VA to try to change the regulation.

If you’ve been affected by this reg, contact us or Jesse Jones of King 5 news in Washington.