Program DescriptionDependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of Servicemembers or Veterans whose death were related to their military service.
General Program RequirementsTo qualify for this benefit, you must be the surviving spouse or dependent child of a Veteran who:
- Died while serving in active military duty or as a result of a service-connected disability or
- Had a disability continuously rated totally disabling for a certain length of time before death
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessSpouses and children should apply for DIC by completing VA Form 21-534EZ, Application for DIC, Death Pension and/or Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child.
Additional information on this program may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs using the "Dependents and Survivors' Benefits" factsheet.
Program Contact Information
If you have questions:
- Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
- Call 1-800-827-1000
- Call 711, if you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD)
To apply for additional benefits and view your benefit status, open an eBenefits Premium account. eBenefits is a one-stop source for information on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and services. With a free Premium level eBenefits account, Veterans, Servicemembers and their family members can conduct self-service transactions such as checking claim status information, GI Bill enrollment, and obtaining copies of civil service preference letters, DD214, and other personal information. For further information and to register for a free Premium level account, visit the eBenefits website.