Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

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Parents' DIC is a tax-free income-based monthly benefit for the parents, or parent, 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, OR
  • An injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty while on inactive duty for training, OR
  • A service-connected disability.

Parent's DIC Eligibility

The term "parent" includes a biological, adoptive, and foster parents. A foster parent is a person 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

You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-535 [Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by Parent(s)], and submitting it to the VA regional office that serves your area. Call the toll-free number below for information about supporting materials that VA may need to process your claim.

For More Information Call Toll-Free 800-827-1000.

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