The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Hawaii's U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka is urging widows and widowers of deceased veterans to be sure they received compensation for the month of their spouse's death.
The island Democrat is quoting the Department of Veterans Affairs as saying, 196,000 widows and widowers have received a total of $124 million in month-of-death back payments since he uncovered a VA accounting error in December 2008.
Akaka, the chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said Thursday in a Washington news release that he wants to be sure that all surviving spouses receive the compensation they are due.
Akaka's office says surviving spouses of veterans had been wrongfully denied the benefits for almost 12 years.