As a veteran, have you ever wondered, will my wife receive my VA disability when I die? When you pass away, your VA disability payments generally stop. But there’s something called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). It’s a monthly benefit given to eligible survivors of service members who died in the line of duty or due to a service-related injury or illness.
Your spouse might qualify for DIC if:
- You were disabled from service-connected conditions for specific lengths of time before death.
- Your passing was directly linked to military service.
It’s also worth noting that the surviving spouse needs to apply for DIC. The benefits don’t automatically start after a veteran dies. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, it would be best for your wife to contact the VA directly or seek assistance from an accredited representative like those at Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs).
In addition, if you receive 100% disability compensation from the VA and have this rating continuously for ten years before death (or five years following discharge), she is usually entitled automatically upon application.
The rules can get complex, so make sure your family knows about these benefits—they could offer vital support later on.