About DIC (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation)

What Is DIC?

DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of a


Who Is Eligible?

The surviving spouse if he or she:

Note: A surviving spouse who remarries on or after December 16, 2003, and on or after attaining age 57, is entitled to continue to receive DIC.

Note: Certain helpless adult children are entitled to DIC.  Call the toll-free number below for the eligibility requirements. The surviving parent(s) may be eligible for an income-based benefit.  See our fact sheet, Parents’ DIC.


How Much Does VA Pay?

The basic monthly rate of DIC is $1,254 for an eligible surviving spouse.  The rate is increased for each dependent child, and also if the surviving spouse is housebound or in need of aid and attendance.  VA also adds a transitional benefit of $310.71 to the surviving spouse’s monthly DIC if there are children under age 18. The amount is based on a family unit, not individual children. An allowance of $310.71 a month is also available if the person receiving DIC needs aid and attendance. Benefit rate tables, including those for children alone and parents, can be found on the Internet at benefits.va.gov/Compensation/current_rates_dic.asp


How Should a Claimant Apply?

Claimants should complete VBA Form 21-534EZ Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child.