Veterans' benefits played a vital role in the development of this great Nation and its institutions and contributed significantly to the wellbeing of many citizens. As early as 1624, the General Assembly of Virginia voted to create pension benefits for those injured in war. However, it was in the following years that colonies established survivors' pensions for widows and orphans of men killed in combat. Over time, benefits have expanded considerably for Survivors and dependents of Veterans and deceased Servicemembers since Colonial times.
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