Friday, May 22, 2015   

Dependent Benefits

Death Pension
Death pension is an income and net worth based program for a low-income surviving spouse and/or the unmarried dependent children of a veteran with wartime service.

The death pension provides a monthly payment to bring an eligible person's income to a level established by law. The payment is reduced by the annual income from employment or other sources such as Social Security, retirement, interest, etc. The payment may be increased if the recipient has un-reimbursed medical expenses that can be deducted from countable income.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, commonly referred to as DIC, is a monthly monetary benefit payable to the surviving dependents of a deceased veteran. For a survivor to be eligible for DIC, the veteran's death must have resulted from one of the following causes:

  • A disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on active duty or active duty for training.
  • An injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on inactive duty training.
  • A service-connected disability or a condition directly related to a service-connected disability.
DIC payments also may be authorized for survivors of veterans who were totally service-connected disabled when they died, even though their service-connected disabilities did not cause their deaths. The survivor qualifies if the veteran was:
  • Continuously rated totally disabled for a period of 10 or more years immediately preceding death.
  • Continuously rated totally disabled from the date of military discharge and for at least five years immediately preceding death.
  • A former prisoner of war who died after Sept. 30, 1999, and who was continuously rated totally disabled for a period of at least one year immediately preceding death.
Payments are subject to offset by any amount received from judicial proceedings brought on account of the veteran's death. The discharge must have been under conditions other than dishonorable.

Education for Eligible Dependents and Survivors

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.


You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who has a permanent and total (P&T) service-connected disablity rating (100% or with Individual Unemployability P&T),
  • The veteran died of a service-connected disability,
  • A service member listed for more than 90 days as currently Missing in Action (MIA), captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.

NC State Veterans Scholarships for Dependent Children

Chapter 165 (Veterans), General Statutes of North Carolina
Article 4. Scholarships for Children of War Veterans

In appreciation for the service and sacrifices of North Carolina's war veterans, a four-year scholarship program at approved schools in North Carolina has been established for the qualifying children of certain deceased, disabled, combat or POW/MIA veterans.
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For an application packet or assistance, please contact our office, (910)253-2233.

Home Loan Guaranty for Surviving Spouses

The unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who died on active duty or as the result of a service-connected disability is eligible for the home loan benefit.  

Medical Care for Dependents

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of VA (CHAMPVA), provides reimbursement for most medical expenses - inpatient, outpatient, mental health, prescription medication, skilled nursing care and durable medical equipment.

The veteran must have a permanent & total (P&T) disability rating (100% or IU, P&T), or have died from a service connected disability to be eligible for CHAMPVA.