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VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for 2018

December 14, 2017

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

Compensation rates are in two categories, depending on the date of the veteran’s death.

If the veteran’s death was on or after January 1, 1993:
effective 12/1/17 the Basic Monthly Rate = $1,283.11 (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(1))

Additional Allowances:

a. Add $272.46 if at the time of the veteran’s death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling (including a rating based on individual unemployability) for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years. (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(2))

b. Add the following allowance for each dependent child under age 18: *

Effective 12/1/17 $317.87 per child (38 U.S.C. 1311(b))

c. If the surviving spouse is entitled to A&A, add $317.87. (38 U.S.C. 1311(c))

d. If the surviving spouse is entitled to Housebound, add $148.91 (38 U.S.C. 1311(d))

e. If the surviving spouse has one or more children under the age 18 on the award, add the 2-year transitional benefit of $270.00 (NO CHANGE EFFECTIVE 12/01/2017) (38 U.S.C. 1311(f)(4)

**DIC apportionment rates approved by the Under Secretary for Benefits under 38 CFR 3.461(b) will be the additional allowance received for each child.

If the veteran’s death was before January 1, 1993:
go to https://benefits.va.gov/Compensation/current_rates_dic.asp for the rate charts.

Thanks to MSG Lelanya Watson, who forwarded this information to Retiree News.

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