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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Eligibility


Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of deceased veterans who meet specific criteria.  Both the veteran and their survivors must meet certain requirements to be eligible to receive the benefit.

The Qualifying service members include:

  • Military service member who died while on active duty
  • Veteran whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease
  • Veteran whose death resulted from a non service-related injury or disease, and who received, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling
    • 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.

Eligible survivors qualify for DIC benefits if they:

  • Married a service member who died on active duty; or
  • validly married the veteran before January 1, 1957; or
  • 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 aggravated; or
  • was married to the veteran for at least one year; or
  • had a child with the veteran; or
  • 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. Exception: A surviving spouse who remarries on or after December 16, 2003, and on/or after turning 57 years of age, is entitled to benefits

Surviving children qualify for DIC benefits if they are:

  • unmarried and
  • less than 18 years old, or between the ages of 18 and 23 and attending school.
  • Some helpless adult children are entitled to benefits.

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