An income based program available to surviving spouses and/or minor children of wartime veterans. Rules are essentially the same as for non-service connected pension, but rates are much different.
Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Payable to the surviving spouse and/or minor children of veterans whose death has been adjudicated by VA as being “service connected”. Along with monthly payments, eligible survivors may receive health care coverage through CHAMPVA, and educational benefits under Chapter 35, Dependents Educational Assistance.
Surviving family members may be eligible for other benefits such as education, medical coverage, home loans, and other benefits. This varies case by case, and is determined by the VA.