VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Rates
The surviving family of a service member who died in the line of duty or due to service-connected disability is eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers tax-free disability compensation to spouses, any dependent or helpless child, and parents of an eligible veteran.
DIC rates are updated on an annual basis and as Insiders, we will keep you in the loop of all the latest information. The Department of Veteran Affairs provides instructions for submitting a claim and we’re here to make it as easy for you as possible.
When a service member or veteran passes away, the surviving family members may frequently be eligible to keep receiving the monthly payment, particularly if they were financially reliant on their loved ones.
Beneficial effects of the Social Security Act can include cash benefits, disability monthly payments, and burial or cremation costs for survivors.
These benefits might be particularly useful for those who have suffered a personal tragedy as well as a financial loss in both present and future earning capacity. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is the most significant of such programs for survivors (DIC).
Here we will shed light on Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). Plus, we will get to know about VA DIC rates for 2022.
- VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Rates
- What Is Dependency And Indemnity Compensation (DIC)?
- Who Is Eligible For Dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC)?
- Will VA DIC Rates Increase In 2023?
- How To Calculate The DIC Monthly Payment?
- How You Can Apply For DIC?
- Best VA Benefits for Dependents in 2022 Video
- About The Author
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What Is Dependency And Indemnity Compensation (DIC)?
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a VA-administered program that aims to compensate eligible family members who have lost a close family member. It is a monthly benefit paid to the VA dependents that can include an eligible child, any surviving spouses, or a parent surviving after the veteran’s death.
The deceased must have served in one of the six military branches or, in some situations, the National Guard or Reserves.
Eligibility Criteria For Veterans
The veteran must also fulfill one of the following requirements stated below.
- They were a member of the military who died while on active duty, while training on active duty, or while performing inactive duty training, OR
- They were a veteran who died as a result of a service-connected disability or disease, OR
- They were a veteran who did not die as a result of a service-connected disability or disease, but were totally disabled by a service-connected disability:
- For at least 10 years before death, OR
- Since their release from active duty and for at least five years before death, OR
- For at least one year before death, if they were a former prisoner of war and died after September 30,1999.
DIC offers a monthly living benefit to surviving relatives, which is determined by your relationship with the deceased, financial situation, and living circumstances.
If you are a surviving spouse and have dependent kids in your household, for example, your compensation may go up.
DIC benefits are applied for by survivors. Survivors who can apply are surviving spouses, children, and parents.
Who Is Eligible For Dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC)?
Veteran’s Surviving Spouse
If this describes you and you meet any of the following conditions, you may be eligible for DIC benefits as a surviving spouse.
You are eligible if you resonate with one of the statements below.
- If the surviving spouse was married to a member of the military who died on active duty, on active duty for training, or in inactive duty training, OR
- If the surviving spouse married the deceased veteran before January 1, 1957, OR
- If the surviving spouse married a military Veteran who died as a result of a service-connected injury or disease, as long as the marriage began within 15 years of discharge, OR
- If the surviving spouse was married to the deceased veteran for at least a year, OR
- If the surviving spouse had a child with the veteran and cohabitated with him or her until his or her death.
Please keep in mind that if the surviving spouse has a child with the veteran but was divorced, the surviving spouse must not be at blame for the breakup and must not remarry to be eligible.
Moreover, if the surviving spouse may be entitled to compensation if:
- The spouse remarried on or after December 16, 2003, and was at least 57 years old at the time of remarrying.
- The spouse remarried on or after January 5, 2021 and was 55 years of age or older at the time of remarrying.
You might be eligible for DIC if you are the surviving child of a veteran. The criteria are stated below.
- If the veteran’s death occurred on active duty OR
- If the veteran died because of any disease or injury related to the service.
Next, you need to be an unmarried adult child and either:
- If the child of a veteran is below the age of 18 OR
- If the child of the veteran falls between the age bracket of 18 and 23 and is currently attending school.
Note: If you were adopted out of the Veteran’s or service member’s family, but meet all other eligibility criteria, you still qualify for compensation.
Now, if the surviving child or survivors resonate with these conditions, they will be considered veteran’s eligible surviving children.
You may be eligible for DIC if you meet these requirements:
- You are the biological, adoptive, or foster parent of the veteran AND
2. Your income is below a certain rate. This information can be found on the parents DIC rates table here.
Will VA DIC Rates Increase In 2023?
There has been no indication of an update yet. In 2022, the dependence and indemnity compensation rates for veterans rose by 5.9 percent, compared to a 1.3 percent rise in 2021.
This change affects not only the basic benefit rate for a surviving spouse but also additional benefits determined by specific events, such as having a school-age child.
How To Calculate The DIC Monthly Payment?
If you are the surviving spouse of any veteran, your monthly payment of DIC would start at $1,437.66. There are times when DIC benefits may exceed this amount, though. View this guide to check for added amounts based on certain factors.
If the veteran does have a surviving spouse who is also eligible for DIC, the monthly payment would be $301.74 for a child between 18-23 who is in a qualified school program, OR $607.02 for a helpless child over 18 (a child who became permanently unable to support themselves before age 18).
When a veteran did not have an eligible spouse but had one eligible child, for instance, the monthly pay rate would be $607.02. If there are two qualified children, the monthly pay would be $436.62 for each child. View this guide to see the amounts for 3+ children.
For parents, the amount of DIC will depend on two factors
- Your annual income
- Whether or not you live with a spouse
For example, if you are an eligible parent and do not live with a spouse, AND your yearly income is $1,100, your beginning monthly rate would be $483.
View this guide to calculate the amount you are eligible for as a surviving parent.
How You Can Apply For DIC?
The forms you will need to use to apply will differ according to the relationship you had to the deceased veteran. Surviving spouses and children of veterans should fill out VA Form 21P-534EZ. Surviving parents will need to fill out VA Form 21P-535.
If you are the surviving spouse or child of an active duty service member, you will need to fill out VA Form 21P-534a.
The death certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), and any divorce decrees from prior marriages may all be used as proof.
VA also wants to see evidence of the veteran’s dependent children, such as birth certificates and college or school transcripts.
When necessary, VA requires the aforementioned documents, so submitting them with your application will aid in the processing process.
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Toni Ann Bator
Toni Bator is a veteran coach at VA Claims insider. She was a leader in the non-profit sector for over 25 years, assisting society’s most marginalized individuals. She recently transitioned from the social service sector into professional coaching, and is now a certified professional coach specializing in positive psychology and well-being.
Toni’s father was a WWII Navy Veteran and a Master Sergeant during the Korean War. Her passion for assisting veterans derives from her adoration and love for her role-model father as well as her commitment to serving others.
Toni has a B.S. in Psychology from American International College and a Master’s degree in leadership from Norwich University. Her coaching certification is from the College of Executive Coaching, an NBWHC-approved program for individuals with graduate degrees. She is Founder of Infuse Leadership, a coaching practice for individuals who are successful externally but struggle internally from burnout and substance use.