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Overview of Veterans’ Surviving Spouses and Dependents Compensation Eligibility


The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program provides monthly benefits to surviving spouses and dependent children in recognition of the economic loss caused by a Servicemember’s death during military service, or by the death of a Veteran as a result of a service-connected disability. VA also pays these benefits to the survivors of a Veteran whose death is not service-connected, but who was rated by VA as being totally disabled due to a service-connected disability for a specified period of time immediately preceding death.

In addition to the DIC program for surviving spouses and dependent children, surviving dependent parents of Servicemembers or Veterans, whose deaths were service-connected, may be eligible for Parents’ DIC if they meet the income requirements.

Find out if you are eligible
for this tax-free benefit and learn how to apply.

Learn more about other VA benefits for Veterans’ spouses, dependents, and survivors.

How to Apply for VA Disability Compensation


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