VA benefits for spouses, dependents, survivors, and family caregivers
As the spouse or dependent child of a Veteran or service member, you may qualify for certain benefits, like health care, life insurance, or money to help pay for school or training. As the survivor of a Veteran or service member, you may qualify for added benefits, including help with burial costs and survivor compensation. If you’re caring for a Veteran with disabilities, you may also qualify for support to help you better care for the Veteran—and for yourself. Find out which benefits you may qualify for and how to access them.
On this page
- Benefits for spouses, dependents, and survivors
- More benefits and services for family members caring for a Veteran or service member
How do I get help for a Veteran who's in crisis?Find out how to get support anytime, day or night
If you're concerned about a Veteran in crisis, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.
To connect with a Veterans Crisis Line responder anytime, day or night:
- Call 1-800-273-8255, then press 1.
- Start a confidential Veterans Chat.
- Text 838255.
- If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 1-800-799-4889.
If you're concerned about a Veteran who's homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
Call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You or the Veteran can talk privately with a trained VA counselor for free.