Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Impact of Benefits in Event of Suicide: Please note that in the event that a service member's death is determined to be self-inflicted, surviving family member benefits may be subject to modification IAW 38 CFR 3.302, Willful Misconduct and Line of Duty. For more information call toll free to 1-800-827-1000.

Information for survivors with PACT Act related claims: 

If you think you are eligible for VA DIC under the PACT Act, you can submit a new application.

If your claim was denied in the past and the VA thinks you may be eligible now, the VA will try to contact you. Your claim may be able to be reevaluated, but you do not need to wait for the VA to contact you before you reapply. For more information on the PACT Act, please visit:

Learn more about what the PACT Act means for you as a survivor: