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

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 […]

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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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DIC Survivor Benefits

Am I Eligible for DIC Survivor Benefits? This article will help you learn if you are eligible for DIC Survivor Benefits. Dependent and Indemnity Compensation Benefits fulfill the promise made by President Abraham Lincoln in March 1865. Less than a month prior to his assassination, Lincoln set up a compensation system which would “care for […]

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VA DIC Benefits

Who Qualifies for VA DIC Benefits? Understanding VA DIC benefits. DIC stands for Dependency Indemnity Compensation. Qualified surviving spouses, children, or parents of a deceased veteran or service member may receive a tax-free, monetary benefit. In 2019, the Veterans Administration significantly expanded the Dependency Indemnity Compensation program. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act extended […]

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Agent Orange and Survivors’ Benefits

Detailing Agent Orange and Survivors’ Benefits In regards to Agent Orange and Survivors’ Benefits, the VA offers a wide range of benefits to surviving spouses. In addition, the dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans may be eligible. The qualifications for eligibility include the veteran’s exposure to Agent Orange. And then later dying as the […]

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The DIC Effective Date Loophole

This article will explain the DIC Effective Date Loophole. You will learn how to qualify. Then, we’ll present a case study. Oftentimes a complex interplay is present between SSA benefits and DIC benefits. Even though they are both government disability benefit programs. For example, eligibility for SSA death benefits does not necessarily mean you are […]

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