Validly married the veteran before January 1, 1957, OR
married to a service member who died on active duty, OR
the veteran within 15 years of discharge from the period of
military service in which the disease or injury that caused
the veterans death began or was aggravated, OR
married to the veteran for at least one year, OR
a child with the veteran, AND
with the veteran continuously until the veterans death
or, if separated, was not at fault for the separation, AND
not currently remarried.
Certain helpless adult children are entitled to DIC. Call the
toll-free number for the eligibility requirements for those survivors.)
The surviving parents may be eligible for an income-based benefit.
See our fact sheet, Parents DIC, or call the toll-free
number below for more information.
How Much Does VA Pay
monthly rate of DIC is $948 for eligible surviving spouses. In
some cases, VA can pay more; for example, because of dependent
children. Call the toll-free number below for information about
rates paid to eligible children. [NOTE: When the surviving
spouse is eligible for payments under the militarys Survivor
Benefit Program (SBP), only
the amount of SBP greater than DIC is payable. If DIC is greater
than SBP, only DIC is payable.]
How Can You Apply ?
apply by filling out VA
Form 21-534 (Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation,
Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child),
and submitting it to the VA regional office that serves your area.
Call the toll-free number below for information about supporting
materials that VA may need to process your claim.
For More Information, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000 or Visit VAs
Web Site at www.va.gov
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