Dear Ms. Harkin,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
You may be able to find the information you are seeking by researching pensions given to widows of soldiers who were killed during World War II. These overviews of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Pensions and of the subsequent Committee on Finance, for example, might provide some relevant information and links in the National Archives Catalog. The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Pensions might also be of interest to you. Records created by these committees are in the custody of the Center for Legislative Archives (LL). You may wish to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.
We also searched the National Archives Catalog and located numerous series of records related to pensions in the 1940s that you may wish to review. Most of these records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives reference unit listed in each Catalog for assistance with these records.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from LL or other NARA reference unit We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Finally, you may also wish to contact The National WWII Museum and the Veterans Administration's National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics to see if they can offer you any further assistance.
We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!