Dependents and Survivors' Benefits Fact Sheets (PDF)
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
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.
Survivor Pension Benefits
Survivors Pension, which was formerly referred to as Death Pension, is a tax-free benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.
Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance - Chapter 35
The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 35, provides education and training opportunities to dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled with a VA rating of 100% due to a service-related condition.
Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a need-based benefit paid to the parents of a military Servicemember or Veteran.
Accrued Benefits and Substitution
Accrued benefits are benefits that are due, but not paid prior to a Veteran’s