Veterans Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for Service-Connected Death

 

To compensate surviving spouses, children and parents for the death of any servicemember who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, OR any Veteran who: ? died from an injury or disease deemed to be related to military service, OR ? died from a non service-related injury or disease, but was receiving, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for a service-connected disability or disabilities that was rated as totally disabling: o for at least 10 years immediately preceding death, OR o since the Veteran's release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death, OR o for at least one year before death if the Veteran was a former prisoner of war who died after September 30, 1999.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
64.110
Federal Agency/Office
Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 405,038 cases of survivors were receiving benefits
Fiscal Year 2017 405,038 cases of survivors were receiving benefits
Fiscal Year 2016 394,979 cases of survivors were receiving benefits
Authorization
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 38 U.S.C. 1121-1318
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Death Compensation is payable to an unmarried surviving spouse, unmarried children and dependent parent or parents of the deceased Veteran who died before January 1, 1957, because of a service-connected disability. For deaths on or after January 1, 1957, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is payable to an unmarried surviving spouse, unmarried children and dependent parent or parents of the deceased Veteran. DIC is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of a military servicemember who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of a Veteran who: o died from an injury or disease deemed to be related to military service, OR o died from a non service-related injury or disease, but was receiving, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for a service-connected disability or disabilities that was rated as totally disabling: o for at least 10 years immediately preceding death, OR o since the Veteran's release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death, OR o for at least one year before death if the Veteran was a former prisoner of war who died after September 30, 1999. The surviving parent(s) must have an income below a limit established by law, 38 U.S. Code 5312. Effective January 2005, surviving spouses who receive DIC and have one or more children under age 18 will receive $250 a month in addition to their current rate. Only one monthly child supplement payment is made, regardless of the number of minor children on the surviving spouse's award. This increased rate applies only to months "occurring" during the two-year period beginning on the date entitlement to DIC began. It ceases on the first month beginning after the expiration of the two-year period or the month in which all of the surviving spouse's children have attained the age of 18, or are removed from the award, whichever is earlier. A surviving spouse who remarries after age 57 retains eligibility for DIC
Beneficiary Eligibility
Surviving spouses, children and parents of deceased Veterans.
Credentials/Documentation
Death certificate, marriage certificate, birth certificate(s), and military discharge certificate.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An application (VA Form 21-534, VA Form 21-534a, or VA Form 21-534EZ for surviving spouses, and or children; 21-535 for parents) may be obtained from any VA office or regional office (see Appendix IV of the Catalog) and submitted to the regional office. Applications are also available on-line at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/.
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the regional office.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. On average from 79 to 103 days. Approximately 79 percent completed in 125 days or less.
Appeals
Available through special board. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
No restrictions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
None. Any change in the marital status of a surviving spouse, child, or parent must be reported promptly. A surviving spouse who remarries after age 57 retains eligibility for DIC. Also, a change in school attendance of children over 18 must be reported. Parents must report changes in income promptly.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Any change in the marital status of a surviving spouse, child, or parent must be reported promptly. A surviving spouse who remarries after age 57 retains eligibility for DIC. Also, a change in school attendance of children over 18 must be reported. Parents must report changes in income promptly. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Headquarters Office
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420 US
Phone: 202-461-9700
Website Address
http://www.va.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
36-0102-0-1-701
Obligations
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16$6,589,909,000.00; FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 17 est $6,950,613,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Monthly rates of DIC range from $529.55 for one child when no spouse is entitled; from $1,254.19 to $2,677.67 for a surviving spouse, with $310.71 additional if the surviving spouse is in need of aid and attendance, or $145.55 if housebound. A surviving spouse is also entitled to an additional $310.71 monthly for each child under age 18. Monthly rates for parents range from $5 to $621 depending upon income and whether single or married. An additional $336 is payable if the parent is in need of aid and attendance. Monthly Death Compensation ranges from $87 for a surviving spouse to $121 for a surviving spouse with one child; plus $29 for each additional child. An additional allowance or $79 if widow, widower or dependent parent is in need of aid and attendance. Assistance for a dependent parent is $75 for one alone and $80 for two. . These rates were effective December 1, 2014 for DIC and Parents DIC.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 3.4(C) and 3.5; "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-0-01, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954 Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is: 051-000-00233-4
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 


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