Survivor Benefits


Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Reinstatement of DIC Benefits

If your DIC benefit as a surviving spouse was terminated because you remarried, but the subsequent marriage has since ended due to death, divorce, or annulment, you may file to have your previous Survivor's benefit reinstated.

(Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors Chapter 12)

To do so, you will be asked to complete VA form 21-4138 and submit it to your local VA Regional Office along with documentation supporting the claim that your subsequent marriage has ended (i.e., divorce decree or death certificate).

Death Pension

The death pension is a “needs based” program, designed to provide assistance to the survivors of wartime Veterans. The survivor must have income from all sources below the Maximum Allowable Pension Rate (MAPR) and have a “limited” estate. The Veteran must have an “other than dishonorable” discharge and at least 90 days active military service, at least one day of which was during a wartime period. Wartime Periods


Survivor Benefits Resources

Survivor Benefits
www.vba.va.gov/survivors/vabenefits.htm

Home Loan Guaranty
www.vba.va.gov/bln/dependents/Spouselgy.htm

Life Insurance Settlement
www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/default.htm

Counseling
www.vetcener.va.gov/Bereavement_Counseling.asp

Financial Counseling
www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/BFCS/BFCS.htm





 

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We strongly advise applicants to consult with the County Veterans Service Office prior to submitting this application. We can assist the widow in completing the application and acquiring supporting documents. This may help to reduce delays in receiving benefits or preventing the denial of benefits.