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Survivor Benefits

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

Summary DIC is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to eligible survivors of the following:a military service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training;a veteran whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease;a veteran whose death resulted from a non-service related injury or disease but who was receiving (or entitled to receive) VA compensation for service-related di more...

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Surviving Parents Benefits (DIC)

Parents who are dependent on a veteran with a service-connected disability, or whose child died in-service or from a service-connected disability, may be entitled as dependents on the veterans compensation award or to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), which is a monthly cash assistance benefit.  Basic information about the program is provided on this VA Fact Sheet.The benefit is based on fin more...

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Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance provides payment of a monthly education or training allowance to the spouse and children of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability. Eligible persons can receive up to 45 months of benefits. Professional, educational and vocational counseling will be provided to eligible children and surviving spouses without charge upon request. More information about this program is provided more...

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