On December 14, 1999, PL 106-169 (the "Foster Care Independence Act of 1999") was
enacted into law. One of its provisions created a new benefit program, Special Benefits
for Certain World War (WW) II Veterans, in a new title VIII of the Social Security
Act. Under this program, certain WW II veterans who are eligible for Supplemental
Security Income (SSI) benefits may be entitled to a special benefit for each month
they are qualified for special benefits and reside outside the United States.
Although the amount of these special veterans benefits (SVB) is a maximum of 75 percent
of the SSI Federal benefit rate under title XVI, SVB is not an SSI benefit. Qualification for SVB is based on the veteran's WW II military service and other
criteria as explained in VB 00102.001.
SVB is payable only to, or on behalf of, the veteran. There is no provision for the
payment of benefits to spouses, dependents or survivors.