About VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for spouses, dependents, and parents
If you’re the surviving spouse, child, or parent of a service member who died in the line of duty, or the survivor of a Veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness, you may be able to get a tax-free monetary benefit called VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (VA DIC). To find out if you are eligible visit the this page.
Dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC). This benefit provides a tax-free monthly payment to children with disabilities. It applies to children who survive a service member who died in the line of duty and children of a veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness.
- A survivor’s pension. The pension applies if the veteran died while in the service or if a retired veteran elected the Survivor Benefit Program.
- Health care cost-sharing for surviving children with disabilities. These benefits may come from several different sources. Depending on the circumstances, the provider may be the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) insurance program, the Department of Defense’s TRICARE insurance program, or one of the VA’s programs related to a veteran’s service-connected disability.