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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 servi more...

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Surviving Parents Benefits (DIC)

Parents whose child died in-service or from a service-related injury or disease, 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 financial need and the parents must meet low-inc more...

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Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) provides payment of a monthly education or training allowance to the spouse and children of a veteran: who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while active duty, or who died as a result of a service-related condition. Eligible persons can receive up to 45 months of education benefits. Professional, educational an more...

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