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4. 2021 Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Table

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation - Effective 12/1/20

Veteran's Death Was On or After January 1, 1993

If you’re the surviving spouse of a Veteran:

Your monthly payment rate is: $1,357.56

You may also be eligible for added amounts based on certain factors.  Add the amount listed in the Added monthly amount column of each description to your monthly payment. This is your total monthly payment.

Added amounts for surviving spouses

Effective December 1, 2020

If this description is true…

You may qualify for this benefit

Added monthly amount (in U.S. $)

  • The Veteran had a VA disability rating of totally disabling (including for individual unemployability) for at least the 8 full years leading up to their death, and
  • You were married to the Veteran for those same 8 years

8-year provision

288.27

You have a disability and need help with regular daily activities (like eating, bathing, or dressing)

Aid and Attendance

336.32

You can’t leave your house due to a disability

Housebound allowance

157.55

You have 1 or more children who are under age 18

  • Transitional benefit, and
  • DIC apportionment rate
  • 289.00 for the first 2 years after the Veteran’s death
  • 336.32 for each eligible child

Surviving dependent child of a Veteran, when the Veteran has no surviving spouse

Your monthly payment rate is: $573.20


Surviving, unmarried adult child of a Veteran, when the Veteran's surviving spouse is also eligible for DIC:

VA will make this monthly payment to you separately as the adult surviving child, in addition to the eligible surviving spouse’s compensation. 

Monthly payment rates

Child status

Monthly payment (in U.S. $)

Child between ages 18 and 23 who’s in a qualified school program

284.93

Helpless child over age 18
(An adult child who became permanently unable to support themselves before age 18)

573.20


Surviving eligible child of a Veteran, when the Veteran doesn’t have a surviving spouse who’s eligible for DIC:

Payment based on the amount on the number of the Veteran’s eligible surviving children. Eligible children include children who are under age 18, or who are between ages 18 and 23 and in a qualified school program.

Monthly payment rates

Number of Veteran’s eligible children

Monthly rate for each child (in U.S. $)

Total monthly payment (in U.S. $)

1

573.20

573.20

2

412.30

824.59

3

358.67

1,076.01

4

320.12

1,280.49

5

296.99

1,484.97

6

281.58

1,689.45

7

270.56

1,893.93

8

262.30

2,098.41

9

255.88

2,302.89

Added amounts

Child status

Added monthly payment (in U.S. $)

Each additional eligible child in a family of 10 or more children

204.48

Each helpless child over age 18
(An adult child who became permanently unable to support themselves before age 18)

336.32


How DIC may affect your VA Survivors Pension or Survivor Benefit Plan

How do my payments for DIC affect my ability to receive VA Survivors Pension?

If you’re eligible for both DIC and Survivors Pension benefits, VA will pay you whichever benefit gives you the most money. You can't get both.

What’s a Survivor Benefit Plan?

The Survivor Benefit Program is a voluntary annuity program that service members may buy as a retirement benefit for their family members. An annuity is a monthly payment received for life. Depending on their military service, members may use this program to buy a Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) or Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP).

VA does not manage this program. It’s managed by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at the Department of Defense.

Can I receive SBP or RCSBP payments and DIC at the same time?

In most cases, you can’t receive a full SBP or RCSBP payment and a full DIC payment at the same time.

Exception: If you’re receiving an SBP or RCSBP annuity from one spouse, but then remarry after age 57 and become eligible for DIC based on the service-connected disability of your new spouse, you can receive full benefits through both programs at the same time.

What happens if I’m receiving SBP or RCSBP payments and then qualify for DIC—but the exception above doesn’t apply to me?

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service will reduce your SBP or RCSBP by the amount of your DIC payment. If your DIC payment is greater than your total SBP or RCSBP payment, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will stop your SBP or RCSBP payments. This is called the “SBP/DIC offset.”

If the Defense Finance and Accounting Service pays you more than the offset amount in SBP or RCSBP payments after you begin receiving DIC payments, they’ll consider this amount an over-payment. This means you’ll have to pay the money back.

Be sure to notify the Defense Finance and Accounting Service as soon as you qualify for DIC so they can reduce your SBP or RCSBP payment amount and you can avoid owing money. You’ll need to send them a copy of your VA DIC award letter.

You can call the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at 800-321-1080, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.


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