The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefit is a tax free monetary benefit available monthly to the surviving spouse, children and parents of a service member who died in active duty or from an injury or illness sustained during active duty or during training for duty. Eligibility requirements must be met in order to receive DIC.
For the surviving spouse to be eligible, the couple should have been married and cohabiting together for at least one year or had a child together. A surviving spouse may also be eligible for DIC if the Veteran died in a way that was not related to his or her service, but had been receiving VA disability compensation for at least ten years preceding death. In addition, if the Veteran was receiving VA disability compensation for a minimum of five years after release from active duty, the surviving spouse may also be eligible for DIC. Finally, the surviving spouse must not currently be remarried; however, once reaching the age of fifty seven, they can remarry and continue to receive DIC.