VA Benefits for Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors

VA Benefits for Spouses, Dependents, and Survivors

Military families often bear the weight of sacrifices made by their loved ones who served in the United States Armed Forces. As the spouse, dependent, or survivor of a veteran, you have experienced firsthand the dedication, courage, and selflessness exhibited by your family member. Recognizing the immense contributions and sacrifices made by military families, the […]

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How Does the PACT Act Affect DIC Benefits?

Just like the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act made it easier for veterans to obtain service connections for burn pits and other toxic exposure, it also makes it easier for their surviving spouses and family members to obtain compensation. This is known as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and expanding its […]

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The Most Common Reasons DIC Claims are Denied

The Most Common Reasons DIC Claims are Denied   In the past, survivors of disabled veterans who passed away were presumptively entitled to survivor benefits, called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, or DIC. Then, the law changed, establishing requirements which must be met before DIC claims can be granted. Now, because of the complexity of DIC […]

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How to Appeal a Denied DIC Claim Under the Appeals Modernization Act

Do you have a denied DIC claim? Before 2017, some Veterans claimed the VA’s attitude about disability claims was “deny until they die.” That idea is a bit melodramatic, but not entirely misplaced. Many disabled veterans waited several years for benefits to which they were entitled because of a service-related illness or injury. The Veteran […]

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Continuous Cohabitation and DIC Survivor Benefits

Continuous Cohabitation and DIC Survivor Benefits Marriage vows are for better or for worse, and in most marriages, spouses experience plenty of good and bad. Traditionally, spouses live together throughout a marriage, known as cohabitation, though living apart is not as rare as it used to be. If the divorce rate is any indication, it […]

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Who Is Eligible For VA DIC Benefits For Survivors

Who is Eligible for VA DIC Benefits for Survivors?   The VA has DIC Benefits for survivors of fallen warriors, also referred to as Dependency and Indemnification Compensation. Nationwide, between 2004 and 2014, over 750,000 disabled veterans died while receiving compensation for a service-connected condition. A large percentage of those suffered premature death due to […]

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What Constitutes a Service-Connected Death

What Constitutes a Service-Connected Death?   If the VA attributes the death to a disability acquired or aggravated, in line of duty or service in the military then the VA may deem the expiration as a service-connected death. Surviving family members, mostly surviving spouses, of deceased disabled veterans could be eligible for a monetary benefit […]

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Denied DIC Benefits

How To Reopen A VA Claim For Denied DIC Benefits? Have you been denied DIC benefits by the VA and wish to reopen your claim? Many people come to our office with this question. In a nutshell, they must file VA Form 0995 and present new, relevant evidence. But there is a bit more to […]

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