Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit for veterans' survivors who must meet the following criteria. The veteran must have
1) died on Active Duty- payable to a surviving spouse, dependent child, or parent of Service member
2) died from their service connected disability- payable to survivors of Veterans who died from their 100% service-connected disability,
3) died while receiving their service connected disability-Veterans who died while already receiving 100% service connected disability or are 100%disability for ten years.
You may be eligible for DIC benefits if you are a surviving spouse who
was married to a military Service member who died on active duty,
married the Veteran before January 1, 1957,
was married to the Veteran for at least one year,
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 (The surviving spouse is eligible to receive 40% of the spouse's 100% for the rest of his/her life.) */**
* You may be eligible to continue receiving DIC benefits if you remarried on or after December 16, 2003, and were at least 57 years of age.
** if your second marriage ends in divorce or death, you may still be eligible to reapply for DIC.
Unlike VA pension application, there is NO financial qualification for Disability or DIC; however, it is up to the VA-certified attorney to consider which direction would be better for the survivor. Sometimes the VA pension is the best option.