Parents' DIC is a tax-free income-based monthly benefit for the parents, or parent, of a military service member or veteran who has 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.
Parents must have an income below a certain level. The DIC is based on the income level. For instance, a parent with a monthly income of $1,000 would get more DIC than a parent with a monthly income of $2,000.
Unusual medical expenses may be used to reduce countable income.
Parent's DIC Payment Rates
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.