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DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of service members who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, or to survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities. Parents DIC is an income-based benefit for parents who were financially dependent on of a service member or Veteran who died from a service-related cause.

What is VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (or “VA DIC”) program provides tax-free monetary benefits to surviving spouses, children, and parents of service members who died in the line of duty and Veterans who died from a military service-related illness or injury.

When can a surviving spouse get VA DIC benefits?

To be eligible for VA DIC benefits as a surviving spouse, one of the following must be true:

To be eligible for VA DIC benefits as a surviving spouse, you must also provide evidence (documentation such as military service records, doctor’s reports, or medical test results) showing that one of the following is true:

For VA DIC eligibility, the Veteran’s service-related disability must have been rated as totally disabling during one of the following periods:

When can a surviving child get VA DIC benefits?

To be eligible for VA DIC benefits as a surviving child, all of the following must be true:

To be eligible for VA DIC benefits as a surviving child, you must also provide evidence (documentation such as military service records, doctor’s reports, or medical test results) showing that one of the following is true:

For VA DIC eligibility, the Veteran’s service-related disability must have been rated as totally disabling during one of the following periods:

When can a surviving parent get VA DIC benefits?

To be eligible for VA DIC benefits as a surviving parent, both of the following must be true:

To be eligible for VA DIC benefits as a surviving parent, you must also provide evidence (documentation such as military service records, doctor’s reports, or medical test results) showing that one of the following is true:

What amount of VA DIC benefits can a survivor receive?

If you are the survivor of a service member or Veteran, the exact amount of VA DIC benefits that you can receive will depend on your specific situation.

How can a survivor apply for VA DIC benefits?

If you are the surviving spouse or child of a service member who died while on active duty, your military casualty assistance officer will assist you in applying for VA DIC benefits by helping you complete and submit VA Form 21P-534a: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21P-534a-ARE.pdf.

If you are the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran, you can apply for VA DIC benefits by completing and submitting VA Form 21P-534EZ: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21P-534EZ-ARE.pdf.

If you are a surviving parent, you can apply for VA DIC benefits by completing and submitting VA Form 21P-535: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21P-535-ARE.pdf.

For help with completing and submitting an application for VA DIC benefits, you can speak with a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) or contact or visit your local VA benefits office.