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96.020 Special Benefits for Certain World War II Veterans
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, Section 251, Public Law 106-169; Social Security Act, Title VIII.
To pay a special benefit to certain World War II veterans, that are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and meet other specified criteria for each month that they reside outside of the United States.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Monthly cash benefits are paid to certain World War II veterans that meet the qualification criteria prescribed in the Law for each month they reside outside the United States on the first day of that month. There are no restrictions on the use of benefits, although the right to future benefits is not transferable or assignable.
Applicant Eligibility: In order to become entitled for SVB, an applicant must: Be age 65 or older on December 14, 1999, the date the Law was enacted; be a World War II veteran with length and dates of service and character of discharge as specified in the Law, this includes Filipino veterans of World War II who served in the organized military forces of the Philippines while the forces were in the service of the U.S. armed forces, or served in organized guerrilla forces under the auspices of the U.S. military; be eligible for SSI benefits for December 1999, the month the Law was enacted; Be eligible for SSI benefits for the month that the an application for SVB was filed; and, have other benefit income that is less than 75 percent of the SSI Federal benefit rate. For 2001, 75 percent of the SSI Federal benefit rate is $397.50; have other benefit income that is less than 75 percent of the SSI Federal benefit rate.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula for matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Any change of address or any event affecting SVB qualification or benefit amount (such as an increase in other benefit income received) must be reported to the Social Security Administration when the event occurs.
Account Identification: 28-0401-0-1-701.
The Social Security Administration began taking SVB applications in April 2000 and initiated benefit payments in May 2000. The SVB program operations has approximately 2,000 beneficiaries who have established residency in the Philippines receiving monthly SVB payments. Individuals may apply at any U.S. Social Security Office or at the Office of Veterans Affairs in Manila, Philippines.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Regulations are being developed. A program fact sheet, "Special Benefits to Certain World War II Veterans," is available from any Social Security Office without charge. It can also be found on the Social Security internet site.
Regional or Local Office: Consult Appendix IV of the Catalog.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: