TO DO BEFORE A VETERAN DIES
One of the eventualities - an unpleasant one to be sure - but necessary, which must
be kept in mind by the spouses and families of veterans, is the possible death of the
veteran. The first thing to be done by all families is to have within easy access certain
papers and documents. Among these are the following:
1. Family insurance policies.
2. Birth certificates of all children.
3. The veteran's service discharge (DD214) or equivalent war department report of
4. Any VA document(s), showing the veteran's VA claim number (A VA number is assigned to
every veteran as soon as he/she files for any VA benefits. After June 1974 the Social
Security number is assigned as the claim number, even after his/her death.
5. Veteran's Social Security number.
6. A copy of marriage certificate(s) and any divorce decree(s) of both veteran and spouse.
Please copy and complete the survivor's worksheet below. This information will enable the
Service Officer to assist with any necessary claims. For assistance in applying for VA
benefits please contact either one of the following:
The Local American Legion Post Service Officer
County Veterans' Assistance Commission Officer
Local State Veteran's Service Officer
The American Legion Department of Veterans' Affairs & Rehabilitation
THE AMERICAN LEGION
2122 W. TAYLOR ROOM 106
CHICAGO, IL. 60612
PHONE # 312-980-4267