Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

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Parents' DIC is a tax-free, income-based monthly benefit for the parents of a military service member or veteran who has died from:

  • A disease or injury incurred or aggravated while on active duty or active duty for training
  • An injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty while on inactive duty for training
  • A service-connected disability

Parent's DIC Eligibility

The term "parent" includes a biological, adoptive, and foster parents. For these purposes, a foster parent defined as someone who stood in the relationship of a parent to the veteran for at least one year before the veteran's last entry into active duty.

Income Based

Parents must have an income below a certain level. The DIC is based on the income level. For instance, a parent with a monthly income of $1,000 would get more DIC than a parent with a monthly income of $2,000.

Unusual medical expenses may be used to reduce countable income. 

Parent's DIC Payment Rates

View the full tables on the VA website

Application Process

For more information see the VA website. 

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