Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans. 

Monthly DIC Rates:

(Vet’s Death On or After Jan. 1, 1993)

Dependency and indemnity compensation is paid to a surviving spouse at the monthly rate of $1,357.56 for 2021.

Note: If the veteran’s death was before Jan. 1, 1993 you should check out the VA DIC payment tables.

Additional Allowances:

  • Add $288.27 if, at the time of death, the veteran was rated 100% disabled or unemployable as a result of disability. The veteran must have been rated that way for at least 8 continuous years immediately preceding death AND the surviving spouse had to be married to the veteran for those same 8 years.
  • Add $336.32 for each dependent child under age 18
  • If the surviving spouse is entitled to aid and attendance (A&A), add $336.32
  • If the surviving spouse is entitled to housebound, add $157.55
  • Add $289.00 if the surviving spouse has one or more children under the age 18

Who Is Eligible For DIC?

DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of:

  • a military member who died while on active duty
  • a veteran whose death was the result of a service-related injury or disease
  • a veteran whose death wasn’t related to their service but who got VA disability compensation
    • for at least 10 years immediately before death, OR
    • since their release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death, OR
    • for at least one year before death if they were a former POW who died after Sept. 30, 1999

DIC Eligibility

The surviving spouse is eligible if they

  • married the veteran before Jan. 1, 1957, OR
  • were married to a service member who died on active duty
  • married a veteran whose death was service-connected, as long as they were got married within 15 years of the discharge, OR
  • were married to the veteran for at least one year, OR
  • had a child with the veteran and lived with the veteran continuously until the veteran’s death or, if separated, was not at fault for the separation and haven’t gotten remarried.

Note:  A surviving spouse who remarries on or after Dec. 16, 2003, and on or they turn 55, can still get DIC.

The surviving children are eligible if they are unmarried and under 18, or between the ages of 18 and 23 and attending school. Certain helpless adult children can be entitled to DIC.

Some surviving parents may be eligible for an income-based benefit.

Concurrent Receipt of SBP and DIC

If a surviving spouse gets DIC from the VA based on the death of the service member who provides the SBP coverage, DFAS will reduce the SBP annuity by the amount of the DIC. 

However, recent regulations allow those surviving spouses whose SBP payments are offset by their DIC to receive the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA).

See our SSIA page for details.

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