Expansive veterans' benefits such as the G.I. Bill get a lot of attention and rightfully so — the programs give veterans a significant leg up when it comes to paying for a college education, one of life's most expensive milestones. But there are lesser-known benefits for veterans, many of which are tax-exempt and available for spouses and dependents, though eligibility rules can be strict: Some programs are only for disabled veterans; others require wartime service or have certain income limitations. Most stipulate a certain amount of service and honorable discharge. But a new policy change by the Department of Veteran Services expands survivor benefits to include some same-sex couples who were unable to legally marry until 2015, a big win for LGBTQ rights.