About Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Claims
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) claims are for widows and children of veterans who died of service-connected impairments. For example, suppose a Vietnam War veteran was exposed to Agent Orange and developed heart disease. If the veteran was receiving veterans benefits for heart disease and then died of heart disease, the family left behind may be eligible for benefits.
Monthly Compensation for DIC Veterans Benefits
Below are the rates that became effective on December 1, 2017.
- $1,283.11 Basic monthly rate (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(1))
- $272.46 Add this amount if at the time of the veteran’s death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling (including a rating based on individual unemployability) for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years. (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(2))
- $317.87 Add the following allowance for each dependent child under age 18. (38 U.S.C. 1311(b))
- $317.87 If the surviving spouse is entitled to Aid and Attendance benefits, add $301. (38 U.S.C. 1311(c))
- $148.91 If the surviving spouse is entitled to Housebound, add $141 (38 U.S.C. 1311(d))
- $270.00 If the surviving spouse has one or more children under the age 18 on the award, add the 2-year transitional benefit (38 U.S.C. 1311(f)(4)
FAQ: DIC Veteran Widow Benefits Appeals and Denials
Who is eligible?
If you are the spouse of a veteran that died from service-connected impairments, you may be eligible to receive DIC Veteran Widow Benefits. One major requirement is that you cannot remarry after the death of a veteran.
How much do DIC Veterans Widow Benefits pay monthly?
Currently, DIC benefits pay widows $1,283.11 a month. You may also receive $317.87 for each dependent child under the age of 18. If the surviving spouse is also eligible for Aid & Attendance, you could receive an additional $317.87 per month. If you are also eligible for Household Benefits, you may receive another $148.91 per month.
Did the veteran have to die from a service-connected impairment?
To receive DIC veteran widow benefits the veteran must have died from a service-connected impairment. That means the cause of death must be related to their time in the service.
When should I appeal a DIC Veteran Widow Benefit denial?
If you have been denied, we highly suggest you talk to a DIC veteran widow benefits attorney right away. You only have a limited amount of time to appeal a denial from the Veterans Administration. However, know that if you let your appeal period collapse, you can resubmit your initial application and begin the process over. While that is not the fastest route, you may still have a chance to obtain DIC veteran widow benefits.
About Filing a DIC Veteran Widow Benefits Appeal
Too many widows of veterans are denied the DIC benefits they deserve. You may be confused as to why you were denied, but know this, being denied the first time is very common. The Veterans Administration makes lots of mistakes when deciding who is eligible for DIC benefits. Remember, your denial is not the end of the road for your DIC benefits claim.
When you file a DIC veteran widow benefits appeal you are going to have to include evidence that proves the veteran had a service-connected impairment and that the veteran actually died from that impairment. This can be difficult to do. The DIC veteran widow benefits attorneys at Woods & Woods veterans benefits lawyers often work with doctors outside the VA system to get proof that the veteran died from a service-connected impairment. Doctors reports can be crucial evidence that helps our clients win their appeal and receive the DIC benefits they deserve.
Hiring a DIC Veteran Widow Benefits Attorney
The DIC veteran widow benefits appeal process can be lengthy, time-consuming, and difficult to do on your own. If you hire a DIC Veteran Widow Benefits Appeal Attorney at Woods & Woods, we take over all communication with the Veterans Administration. That means you won’t have to deal with the VA claims process, we’ll take care of everything.
Your DIC Veteran Widow Benefits Attorney at Woods & Woods will work diligently to gather all the evidence you need to win your appeal. We have helped thousands of veterans and their families file appeals. Your DIC Veteran Widow Benefits Attorney at Woods & Woods will fight to get you the money you deserve.
Talk to a DIC Veteran Widow Benefits Appeal Attorney
Need help with your DIC Veteran Widow Benefits appeal? Give us a call. There is never a fee to talk to a Veterans Disability Benefits Lawyer and learn your rights. We offer free DIC Veteran Widow Benefits appeal claim evaluations to anyone who needs assistance. For help, just fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.