Dependency and Indemnity VA Disability Compensation
Understanding VA’s complex rules for DIC and completing the paperwork can be a challenge for surviving family members, especially when it comes to finding medical evidence for a Veteran who has died. In a time of sorrow, it is important for surviving family members to know they may be entitled to benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) based on the Veteran’s disabilities.
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As of December 1, 2022, VA’s basic monthly rate for DIC payments is $1,562.74. The amount is tax-free and paid to the surviving family member for the rest of his or her life.
Qualifying for DIC benefits can be accomplished in several ways:
Under VA rules, there is no time limit for filing a DIC claim. However, it is important to file a DIC claim as soon as possible to preserve any potential retroactive benefits. If an eligible surviving family member files a DIC claim within one year of the Veteran’s death, then the surviving family member is entitled to receive benefits retroactive to the date of the Veteran’s death.
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