Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC)/Survivor Benefits

This monthly benefit of $1,319.04 is for a survivor of a veteran whose death was caused by their time in service or from one of their service connected impairments.

The service connected impairment does not have to be the exact cause of death. There are many ways that a veteran’s service connected impairment could contribute to his/her cause of death. For example, if the veteran is service connected for diabetes, and he/she dies of heart disease, this could be considered service related as diabetes is known to cause heart disease.  Our highly experienced staff is educated on these matters.  We will help you determine if your loved one’s cause of death may be related to his/her time in service.

In order to qualify for DIC/Survivor Benefits, you must have been married to the veteran for at least one year before death.  In most cases, common law marriage does count.

  • If you are over the age of 57, re-marrying will NOT affect the receipt of these benefits.
  • If there is no surviving spouse or dependent children, dependent parents may qualify for these benefits.
  • Dependent children are considered children under the age of 18 (or 24 if they are enrolled in full time schooling).
  • Dependent parents only qualify in limited circumstances. To qualify, there must be a parental relationship to the veteran and the parent’s financial dependency or income eligibility must be determined.

If the veteran had a claim pending at the time of his/her death, the qualifying survivor may also be eligible for accrued benefits. Accrued benefits are the benefits that the veteran was fighting for at the time of his/her death. An example of this would be if the veteran was fighting for entitlement to a heart condition at the time of death. If this claim is continued by the qualifying survivor and won, the survivor would be entitled to the back pay from the time the veteran filed the claim until death.

During this difficult time, we will help you file the application and assist you with the appeals process.  We will work closely with a team of doctors to help win your case.

Let us help you get the benefits you are entitled to.

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