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Home Dependents and Survivors Benefits Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

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Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a tax free income-based monthly benefit for the parent(s) of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Eligibility





Be the parent of a military Servicemember who died in the line of duty or a Veteran who died of a service-related injury or disease. The term “parent” includes:

  • Biological,
  • Adoptive, and
  • Foster parents

A foster parent is a person who stood in the relationship of a parent to the Veteran for at least one year before the Veteran’s last entry into active service.

The surviving parent(s) must have an income below a limit established by law. The current limit can be found on the Parents DIC rate table page

Evidence Required

The evidence submitted with the claim must show:

  • The Servicemember died from an injury or disease while on active duty or in the line of duty while on active duty for training, OR
  • The Servicemember died from an injury or certain diseases in the line of duty while on inactive duty training, OR
  • The Veteran died from an injury or disease deemed to be related to military service

How to Apply

  • Complete VA Form 21-535, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by Parent(s) (Including Accrued Benefits and Death Compensation when Applicable) and mail to your regional office OR
  • Work with an accredited representative or agent OR
  • Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. You can find your regional office on our Facility Locator page
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:01