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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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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DIC, Smoking and PTSD

Smoking and PTSD, can you get DIC Benefits? Is there a connection between smoking and PTSD? You may be asking, “If my deceased spouse suffered from PTSD and smoked cigarettes, can I receive DIC benefits?” This article will give you some answers. PTSD is a serious brain injury that has a number of serious symptoms. […]

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