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Received veterans' survivor benefits

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GOTVSURV indicates whether respondents who received veterans' payments during the previous calendar year received veterans' survivor benefits. Dependency and indemnity compensation and/or a death pension may be paid to the spouse of a deceased veteran (if the spouse has not remarried), to the children of a deceased veteran (if the children are unmarried and are either under age 18 or are between the ages of 18 and 23 and are attending school), or to the parents of a deceased veteran (if their income falls below a specific cut-off). For survivors to be eligible the deceased veteran must have died from disease or injury incurred or aggravated while on active duty or during military training, or from a disability compensated by the Veterans Administration.


This variable is comparable over time.

Other variables available for 1989 onward identify recipients of alternative forms of veterans' payments: GOTVEDUC (for recipients of veterans' educational assistance); GOTVPENS (for recipients of veterans' pensions); GOTVDISA (for recipients of veterans' disability compensation); and GOTVOTHE (for recipients of other veterans' payments).

For 1989 onward, additional variables collect information on survivor benefits from sources other than the Veterans Administration. These include SRCSURV1, SRCSURV2, INCSURV1, and INCSURV2.

For 1988 onward, the total amount of income individuals received from veterans' payments of all types during the previous calendar year is specified in INCVET. For years prior to 1988, the amount of income received from veterans' payments is grouped with other sources of income in INCUNERN (for 1962-1967) and in INCGOV (for 1968-1987). While the monetary value of veterans' payments cannot be determined for individuals prior to 1988, recipients of veterans' payments during the preceding calendar year are identified by the GOTVETPA variable for 1976-1987.


  • Persons age 15+ who received veterans' payments during the previous calendar year.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1988 – 2023 - - X - - - - - - - - -



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