Dependency & 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.
Eligibility (Surviving Spouse) To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below.
THE SURVIVING SPOUSE WAS:
Married to a Servicemember who died on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training
Married the Veteran before January 1, 1957
Married the Veteran within 15 years of discharge from the period of military service in which the disease or injury that caused the Veteran’s death began or was aggravated
Was married to the Veteran for at least one year
Had a child with the Veteran
Cohabited with the Veteran continuously until the Veteran’s death or, if separated, was not at fault for the separation
Is not currently remarried