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Pensions
Increased Rate to Certain Widows
Pensions for Certain Remarried Widows
Act of September 8, 1916

U. S. Statutes
INCREASED RATE TO CERTAIN WIDOWS; PENSIONS FOR CERTAIN REMARRIED WIDOWS; ACT OF APRIL 19,
1908, AMENDED AS TO DATE OF MARRIAGE.

ACT OF SEPTEMBER 8, 1916 (39 STAT. L., 844).

That from and after the passage of this Act the rate of pension for a widow, now on the roll or hereafter to be placed
on the pension roll and entitled to receive a less rate than hereinafter provided, who was the lawful wife of any officer
or enlisted man in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States, during the period of his service in the Civil
War, shall be $20 per month, and the rate of pension for a widow of an officer or enlisted man of the Army, Navy, or
Marine Corps of the United States, who served in the Civil War, the War with Mexico, or the War of Eighteen hundred
and twelve, now on the roll or hereafter to be placed on the pension roll and entitled to receive a less rate than
hereafter provided, who has reached or shall hereafter reach the age of seventy years shall be $20 per month; and
nothing herein shall be construed to affect the existing allowance of $2 per month for each child under the age of
sixteen years and for each helpless child; and all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are
hereby repealed: Provided, however, That this Act shall not be so construed as to reduce any pension under any Act,
public or private.

Sec. 2. That any widow of an officer or enlisted man who served in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United
States during the Civil War whose name was placed or shall hereafter be placed on the pension roll, under any
existing law, and whose name has been or shall hereafter be dropped from said pension roll by reason of her marriage
to another person who has since died or shall hereafter die. or from whom she has been heretofore or shall be
hereafter divorced: upon her own application and without fault on her part, shall be entitled to have her name again
placed on the pension roll at the rate allowed by the law under which she was formerly pensioned, and the law or laws
amendatory thereof, unless she be entitled to a greater rate of pension under the provisions of section one of this Act.
such pension to commence from the date of filing her application in the Bureau of Pensions after the passage of this
Act: Provided, however, That where the pension of said widow on her second or subsequent marriage has accrued to
a helpless or idiotic child, or a child or children under the age of sixteen years, she shall not be entitled to renewal
under this Act unless said helpless or idiotic child, or child or children under sixteen years of age, be then a member or
members of her family and cared for by her, and upon the renewal of pension to said widow payment of pension to
said child or chilcten shall cease: And provided further, That the provisions of this Act shall be extended to those
widows, otherwise entitled, whose husbands died of wounds, injuries, or disease incurred during the period of their
military or naval service, but who were deprived of pension under the Act of March third, eighteen hundred and
sixty-five, because of their failure to draw any pensions by reason of their remarriage, and to any person who was
lawfully married to an officer or enlisted man, who served in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States
during the Civil War and was honorably discharged therefrom and has since deceased, and who, having remarried
since his death is again a widow, or has been divorced from her last husband upon her own application without fault
on her part and who, otherwise entitled, was barred by reason of such remarriage from receiving pension under any
existing law.

Sec. 3. That any widow, as described in section two of the Act approved April nineteenth, nineteen hundred and eight,
who married the soldier or sailor prior to June twenty-seventh, nineteen hundred ; and five, shall have title to pension
under the provisions of said section of said Act, to commence from the date of filing her application in the Bureau of
Pensions after the passage of this Act: Provided, however, That where a pension has been granted to a soldier's or
sailor's helpless or idiotic child or children, or child or children under the age of sixteen years, his widow shall not be
entitled to pension under this section, unless the pension to such child or children has terminated, or unless such child
or children be a member or members of her family and cared for by her, and upon allowance of pension to the widow,
payment of pension to such child or children shall cease.

Sec. 4. That no claim agent or attorney shall be recognized in the adjudication of claims under the first section of this
Act, nor shall any claim agent or attorney be recognized in the adjudication of claims under the second section of this
Act for renewal of pension previously allowed, and in claims for original pension under section two of this Act no
greater sum than $10 shall be allowed for services in preparing, presenting, or prosecuting such claim, which sum
shall be payable only upon the order of the Commissioner of Pensions under such rules and regulations as he may
deem proper to make.
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