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Tag Archives: DIC


What Happens When a Veteran Dies Before VA Decides the Vet’s Service-Connected Disability Claim?

VA disability claims end when a veteran dies, unless someone “substitutes” in the place of the veteran. As a general rule, VA disability compensation claims and if a veteran dies while the claim is pending. However, if the veteran has a surviving spouse or child, they may substitute in the place of the veteran to […]

VA permitting Same Sex Spouses to Receive DIC Surviving Spouse Benefits

Although the statute and regulation which govern Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) to a surviving spouse, 38 U.S.C. 101(3); 28 C.F.R. 3.50(b) (2014), state that a surviving spouse must be “a person of the opposite sex” to receive DIC benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs states on its website that it “is no longer denying […]

VA Website Offers Good Resources for Surviving Spouses Trying to Get DIC Benefits

Applying as a surviving spouse for benefits such as Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC – often called widow’s benefits) can be challenging.  As with most things at the VA, there seems is a form for everything.  If you are the surviving spouse of a veteran who died after their service, the VA has a specific page […]


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