Delays Don't Change Veteran Benefit Rules, Fed. Circ. Finds

Law360, New York (November 13, 2012, 3:18 PM EST) -- Fiduciaries of deceased veterans cannot recover benefits accrued but not distributed before the veteran’s death, even if the distribution of those funds were caused by administrative delays, the Federal Circuit ruled Friday.

In a precedential ruling affirming a Secretary of Veteran Affairs decision, a three-judge panel ruled that the $350,000 in benefits accrued by veteran Lee T. Richardson before his death cannot be paid to his fiduciary and curator Sharon L. Youngman because posthumous payments are limited to a surviving spouse, child or dependent parent by...
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