A widow’s military pension application may contain birth information on some children of the veteran–information that sometimes can not be validated elsewhere. Military pension applications typically only provide information on minor children and may be receiving benefits along with the widow. Those are the children whose ages need to be documented precisely. It may be that certified copies of those children’s birth records are included in the application file.
Adult children may provide testimony in a pension application file for the widow, particularly if the widow is having difficulty proving certain details of the veteran’s life. But their ages do not need to be documented as precisely and accurately as do ones who are minors.