The Veteran need not submit evidence of the already-recognized marriage with an application for a new benefit.
A: Enrollment of Veterans in Priority Groups 5, 7, and 8 is based on income of both the Veteran and the Veteran's spouse, if married.
The Veteran does not have to die before a spouse can be eligible for burial or memorial benefits.
The spouse or surviving spouse of an eligible Veteran is eligible for interment in a national cemetery even if that Veteran is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery.
Recognition of marriage could also result in the Veteran being moved to a higher priority group, for example, if the spouse does not have income to report.
The inclusion of spousal income would not result in a Veteran who is currently enrolled in VA health care being disenrolled.
However, consistent with current policy, VA may investigate further if an assertion concerning a marriage appears unreliable, but VA will not treat assertions regarding same-sex marriages any differently than assertions regarding opposite-sex marriages.