Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a monthly benefit
paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans. The
following is a summary of this important benefit:
DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of the
Military service member who died while on active duty,
Veteran whose death resulted from a service-related
injury or disease, OR
Veteran whose death resulted from a non service-related
injury or disease, and who was receiving, or was
entitled to receive, VA Compensation for
service-connected disability that was rated as totally
for at least 10 years immediately before death, OR
since the veteran's release from active duty and for
at least five years immediately preceding death, OR
for at least one year before death if the veteran
was a former prisoner of war who died after
September 30, 1999.
The surviving spouse is eligible if he or she:
validly married the veteran before January 1, 1957, OR
was married to a service member who died on active duty,
married the veteran within 15 years of discharge from
the period of military service in which the disease or
injury that caused the veteran's death began or was
was married to the veteran for at least one year, OR
had a child with the veteran, AND
cohabited with the veteran continuously until the
veteran's death or, if separated, was not at fault for
the separation, AND
is not currently remarried.
A surviving spouse who remarries on or after December 16,
2003, and on or after attaining age
is entitled to continue to receive DIC.
The surviving child(ren) if he or she is:
under age 18, or between the ages of 18 and 23 and
(Note: Certain helpless adult children are entitled to DIC.
Call the toll-free number for the eligibility requirements
for those survivors.) The surviving parents may be eligible
for an income-based benefit. See our fact sheet, Parents'
DIC, or call the toll-free number below for more
Dependency and indemnity compensation is paid to a surviving
spouse at the monthly rate of
If the veteran's death was before January 1, 1993 you should
check out the
DVA DIC payment tables.
if at the time of the veteran's death, the veteran was
in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a
service-connected disability rated totally disabling
(including a rating based on individual unemployability)
for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately
preceding death AND the surviving spouse was married to
the veteran for those same 8 years.
per child for each dependent child under age 18
If the surviving spouse is entitled to aid and
attendance (A&A), add
If the surviving spouse is entitled to Housebound, add
*DIC apportionment rates approved by the Under Secretary for
Benefits will be the additional allowance received for each
Whenever there is no surviving spouse of a deceased veteran
entitled to dependency and indemnity compensation,
dependency and indemnity compensation shall be paid in equal
shares to the children of the deceased veteran at the
following monthly rates divided by the number of children:
one child, $488;
two children, $701;
three children, $915; and
more than three children, $915, plus $174 for each child
in excess of three.
The Application Process:
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-534 (Application for
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and
Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child), and
submitting it to the VA regional office that serves your
area. Call the toll-free number below for information about
supporting materials that VA may need to process your claim.
For More Information Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000.