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Program Description:

The Veterans Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a monthly check paid to eligible survivors.


General Program Requirements:

To qualify for this benefit program, you must be the child, spouse, or parent of a veteran who died while serving in active military duty or as a result of a service-connected disability.

If death was after service, the veteran's discharge from service must have been given under other than dishonorable conditions.

There is no requirement as to length of service.

National Guard and Reserve members who were activated for federal military service and later separated are considered to be veterans.

Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considered to be active duty members and veterans, once discharged.

Payments to parents of deceased veterans depend upon their income.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.


Program Contact Information:

Additional information on this program may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at this address:

then click on the "Dependents and Survivors' Benefits" link.

Spouses and children should apply for DIC by completing an ?°Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child?± (VA Form 21-534).

Parents should apply for DIC by completing an ?°Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by Parent(s)?± (VA Form 21-535).

VA can send you a form if you call 1-800-827-1000.

You can download the form at

If you have questions about this benefit or you need an application, you can call VA at this toll-free number:

People who are hearing impaired may call this toll-free TTY number:


Managing Agency:

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

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