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VA Insurance Money|Won’t Go to Slayer

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Department of Veterans Affairs life insurance will not pay death benefits to a person who wrongfully kills an insured, the killer's family, or anyone who assists in the killing of the insured and that person's family, according to a new regulation.

The legal determination that a person intentionally and wrongfully killed the decedent may be criminal or civil, and the rule also applies to traumatic injury protection.

The definition of "family" does not include a "domestic partner," as it did in the proposed version of the regulation, "due to the unsettled legal landscape surrounding the recognition of such partnerships." The VA determined the terminology "would cause an undue administrative burden," since the laws on domestic partnership vary from state to state. The VA will accept comments on the deletion of "domestic partner" from the regulation, until Dec. 3.

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