VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a financial benefit offered to the family of veterans who have passed away or been totally disabled as a result of a service-connected injury or disease. Typically, VA DIC payments are offered to the survivors of veterans if they meet certain eligibility and qualification standards. The VA DIC is tax-exempt and not income-based. Veterans who have mesothelioma may want to consider exploring the benefits offered by the VA, especially if their mesothelioma is service-connected.
What Is VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?
VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, also referred to as VA DIC, is a tax-free monetary benefit offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the survivors of veterans and their loved ones.
VA DIC benefits are available only to the loved ones of veterans who meet certain qualifications and standards, such as dying from a serious injury or disease received during their service. One such service-related injury is mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Veterans who have mesothelioma were exposed to the dangerous toxin asbestos during their military service that caused their cancer later in life. In these cases, surviving spouses, dependent children, and surviving parents of veterans may be eligible for VA DIC or other forms of disability compensation.
- VA Disability Claims
- Survivor Benefits
- Finding Veteran Doctors
Who Is Eligible for VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?
There are many VA DIC eligibility requirements that one must meet to receive the form of VA compensation.
In terms of veterans who have mesothelioma or have died from mesothelioma, the following list will only include requirements that relate to service-connected mesothelioma.
The VA DIC is paid to eligible survivors of:
- Service members who passed away while on active duty
- Veterans whose cause of death was a service-connected injury or disease
- Veterans who did not die in the line of duty but were totally disabled by a service-connected disability
Qualifications for VA DIC
In order to qualify for VA DIC, there are also specific qualification requirements for the surviving spouse and/or dependent children of a deceased veteran.
Qualifications for surviving spouses:
- Married the deceased veteran before January 1, 1957
- Married a veteran who died from a service-connected injury or disease, if the marriage began within 15 years of discharge
- Married the deceased veteran for at least one year
- Had a child with the veteran and cohabitated with the veteran until their death
If separated and with children, the surviving spouse must not be at fault for the separation and not be remarried to qualify.
Qualifications for surviving children:
- Veteran parent died because of a service-connected injury or disease
- The children must be unmarried and under the age of 18 or between the ages of 18 and 23 and attending school
- Certain helpless adult children may also be eligible