Veterans Guide to VA BenefitsOverview of the Veterans Benefits SystemRestored Entitlement Program for Survivors (REPS) - Ancillary Benefit

2.24. Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors (REPS) - Ancillary Benefit

Special allowance payable under Section 156 of Public Law 97-377 is called the Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors (REPS).  The REPS allowance is a payment to certain surviving spouses and children of individuals that died

  • on active duty prior to August 13, 1981, or
  • as a result of an service-connected disability that was incurred or aggravated prior to August 13, 1981.

This allowance replaces certain Social Security benefits that the provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 either reduced or terminated.

Note: An ancillary benefit is an additional benefit that is related to, or derived from entitlement to certain service-connected benefits.

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