DIC is a monthly VA benefit available to qualifying widows, widowers, and children based on a Veteran’s service-connected death. It may also be paid if the Veteran is rated 100 percent total and permanent at the time of death. If a Veteran dies while on terminal leave, the surviving spouse may be entitled to DIC.
DIC is a flat-rate payment and is not widow’s pension.
Eligibility is based on:
- Demonstrating the Veterans death was caused in whole or in part by a medical condition connected to the Veteran’s Military Service
- The service member died in the line of duty and the death was not due to willful misconduct
- Demonstrate the Veteran had a service-connected disability meeting the length of time requirements
If a service-connected condition is the principal or a contributory cause of death, then entitlement to DIC may be established.