Dependents Indemnity Compensation – (DIC)

Survivor’s Benefits

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
DIC is a monthly benefit (approx. $880/mo.) awarded to surviving spouses, unmarried dependent or helpless children and parents of veterans who die because of service-connected causes. In certain cases, entitlement can be established if the veteran’s death is nonservice-connected.

A basic DIC payment is made, with additional allowances if a surviving spouse is so severely disabled as to be housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance. Income does not affect the DIC payments for surviving spouses and children. The monthly DIC rates for eligible parents depends on the parent’s income.

Claim Requirements:
For forms and assistance in processing and filing applications, see any Veteran Service Representative.
The following supporting evidence and documents should be submitted with the application:

  • Dependency Documentation – Original or a copy of birth and marriage certificates and copies of divorce/death record terminating all prior marriages for veteran and spouse. Parents, applying for DIC, should furnish original or a copy of the veteran’s birth certificate.
  • Military Discharge/DD Form 214 – Original or a certified copy. VA will attempt to obtain verification of military service from the service department if these documents are not available.
  • Certification of Death – Original or a copy of the veteran’s death certificate.


The spouses of deceased veterans who lost VA survivor benefits when they remarried may be eligible for restored DIC benefits if they are no longer married. Legislation repealed a 1990 law that permanently terminated eligibility for DIC for a veteran’s surviving spouse who remarried after the death of the veteran. The pre-1990 policy, renewed effective October 1, 1998 allows benefits to be restored if the marriage is terminated. Veterans’ spouses should contact their local VA Regional Office or call VA toll-free at (800) 827-1000 for assistance.

Survivors Benefit Plan (SBP) — DIC payments are affected by the receipt of SBP benefits. Consult with a VA counselor for more details.