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Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

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Parents' DIC is an income-based monthly benefit for the parents, or parent, of a military service member or veteran (hereafter referred to as "veteran") who has died. The following is a summary of Parents' DIC:

Parents' DIC is an income-based monthly benefit for the parents, or parent, of a military service member or veteran (hereafter referred to as "veteran") who died from:

  • A disease or injury incurred or aggravated while on active duty or active duty for training, OR
  • An injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty while on inactive duty for training, OR
  • A service-connected disability.

Parent's DIC Eligibility

The term "parent" includes a biological, adoptive, and foster parents. A foster parent is a person who stood in the relationship of a parent to the veteran for at least one year before the veteran's last entry into active duty.

Parent's DIC Payment Rates

View the full tables on the Dept. of Veterans Affairs website.

"Countable" Income Reduced

Yes. Unusual medical expenses may be used to reduce countable income. They are amounts actually paid by parents during the calendar year for medical expenses for themselves and for relatives they are under an obligation to support, for which they are not reimbursed by insurance. In computing the parents' income, VA will deduct the amount the parents paid for medical expenses, if found qualified, by use of a formula provided by law.

Application Process

You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-535 [Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by Parent(s)], and submitting it to the VA regional office that serves your area. Call the toll-free number below for information about supporting materials that VA may need to process your claim.

For More Information Call Toll-Free 800-827-1000.

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