VB 01701.030 Reinstatement of Special Veterans Benefits
This section addresses reinstatement of benefits after we have suspended or terminated Special Veteran Benefit (SVB) payments.
B. Policy for reinstatement after benefit suspension
Reinstatement of an SVB benefit depends on the reason for suspension. Below is a list of the reasons for suspension and the reference to the section that addresses reinstatement.
Refer to SVB – Suspensions, Stop Payments, and Benefit Reductions – Table of Contents VB 01503.000.
1. Cessation of residency outside the United States (loss of foreign residence)
VB 01503.130 – Reinstatement – Foreign Residence Resumed
2. Failure to provide information
Payments may resume once the beneficiary or representative payee provides information needed to determine continuing entitlement for SVB.
3. Whereabouts unknown
4. Check returned for miscellaneous reasons
VB 01503.400 – Check Returned For Miscellaneous Reasons (S07)
5. After a disqualification event occurs
REMINDER: A beneficiary cannot qualify for any month that he or she has been removed or deported from the United States, is a fleeing felon, or lives in a barred country.
VB 01503.530 – Resumption of SVB after Removal (Deportation)
VB 01503.550 – Fugitive Felons or Parole/Probation Violators (N25)
VB 01503.600 – Payments to SVB Beneficiaries in a Treasury-Barred or SSA-Restricted Country
VB 01503.605 – Change of Address to a Treasury-Barred or SSA-Restricted Country
VB 01503.610 – Beneficiary Departs Treasury-Barred Country
VB 01503.615 – Benefits Withheld While In a Treasury-Barred Country (U.S. Citizens and Nationals Only)
VB 01503.620 – Beneficiary Departs SSA-Restricted Country
VB 01503.625 – Benefits Withheld While in an SSA- Restricted Country
C. Policy for reinstatement after benefit termination
Reinstatement of an SVB benefit depends on the reason for termination. Below is a list of the reasons for termination and the reference to the section that addresses reinstatement. Refer to Termination Events – Table of Contents VB 01505.000.
1. Termination after 12 consecutive calendar months of suspension
Once SVB payments terminate, beneficiaries generally need to file a new application to reestablish SVB entitlement, unless there is a favorable appeal decision or a reopening that reverses the SVB termination.
VB 01505.005 – Termination of SVB after 12 Consecutive Months of Suspension (T31)
2. Request for voluntary termination
VB 01505.013 – Reinstating SVB Entitlement after Voluntary Termination Effectuated
3. Erroneous death termination of SVB-entitled individual
VB 01505.020 – Reinstatement of SVB after Erroneous Death Termination