Why would my deceased mother get a check from the VA after my father's death?

A fellow caregiver asked...

My dad died May 2011 and last week i got a VA Comp check in the mail payable to my deceased mom-my mom died in February,2009-Why would the VA send her a VA Comp check? Thanx

Expert Answer

Barbara Steinberg is the CEO and founder of BLS Eldercare Financial Solutions, which specializes in helping families pay for long-term care for their loved ones. A registered financial gerontologist, she speaks regularly on the topic of paying for long-term care and is a financial expert for Caring.com.

Your father was receiving compensation for a service connected disability. The VA knkows that your father passed away last May because they get notified by Social Security. Your father's VA records indicate that he is married. The VA has no way of knowing that your Mom predeceased your Dad. They are trying to give his benefit to her. You need to contact the VA to let them know the situation. You should try to find your county Veterans Service Officer and ask for his/her help. You can call the 800 number, but be prepared to be on hold for a long time, if you even get through.