DIC Benefits For Widows of Veterans
Practice Area: Veterans Benefits
Are you the widow or widower of a U.S. veteran who had a service-connected disability? You may be eligible for Dependency Indemnity Compensation benefits under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 13.
These are the criteria:
Veteran died on active duty,
Veteran's death was result of a service-connected disease or injury, OR
Veteran was receiving Compensation Benefits rated as Totally Disabling for 10 years, OR
Since release from active duty and at least 5 years immediately preceding the death, OR
For 1 year if veteran was a POW who died after September 30, 1999.
- You were legally married to the veteran at least one year or married before January 1, 1957,
Married within 15 years of discharge from the period of service when the compensable disability occurred, OR
The veteran died while on active duty, OR
You had a child with the veteran and you lived continuously with the veteran or were separated due to no fault AND you are not currently remarried unless you remarried after December 16, 2003 and were 57 or older.
The basic DIC benefit is $1,195. This can be very helpful for your support.
Even if your spouse never filed a Compensation application, you can do so in order to establish a basis for DIC benefits. Some conditions are presumptively disabling. Also, if you are a low income - low asset veteran who is the widow/er of a veteran, you may also be able to receive DIC benefits if you meet the above criteria.