Dependency and Indemnity Compensation information

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military servicemembers 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, or

• Validly married the veteran before Jan. 1, 1957, or

• 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, or

• Was married to the veteran for at least one year, or

• Had a child with the veteran, and

• Cohabited with the veteran continuously until the veteran’s death or, if separated, was not at fault for the separation, and

• Is not currently remarried.

Note: A surviving spouse who remarries on or after Dec. 16, 2003, and on or after attaining age 57, is entitled to continue to receive DIC.

Eligibility (surviving child)

• Not included on the surviving spouse’s DIC, and

• Unmarried, and

• Under age 18, or between the ages of 18 and 23 and attending school.

Note: A child adopted out of the veteran’s family may be eligible for DIC if all other eligibility criteria are met.

Evidence required

Listed below are the evidence requirements for this benefit:

• The servicemember died while on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training, or

• The veteran died from an injury or disease deemed to be related to military service, or

• The veteran died from a non-service-related injury or disease but was receiving, or was entitled to receive, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling:

• For at least 10 years immediately before death, or

• Since the veteran’s release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death, or

• For at least one year before death if the veteran was a former prisoner of war who died after Sept. 30, 1999.

For more information

For information on VA benefits, please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office, located at the Senior Center in the Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard.

The office number is 264-4013, fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-3590 and email is raytaylor@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This story was posted on April 13, 2017.