Death Benefits for Spouses and Children
Even after a veteran has passed away, the VA provides dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for the veteran’s spouse and children. These claims are held to the same standard as typical veterans disability claims in that claimants must prove service connection in order to obtain benefits. In other words, claimants must prove the deceased veteran’s death was related to an in-service incident or resultant, service-connected condition.
Ten-Year Rule: 38 U.S.C. § 1318
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, a claimant may be awarded dependency and indemnity compensation from the VA if, before the time of his or her death, the veteran was already receiving or was entitled to receive a service-connected rating of 100 percent for a continuous period of ten or more years. The Ten-Year Rule is an exception to the above requirements.
If a family member of yours was a United States veteran and has now passed away as the result of an in-service incident or service-connected impairment, please contact our office for a free and confidential consultation. Call us at 800-742-5035 or use the contact us via this site’s contact form.