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For a survivor to be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (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.
  • An injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on inactive duty training.
  • A service-connected disability or condition directly related to a service-connected disability.

OR

If the veteran was:

  • Continuously rated totally disabled for a period of 10 years immediately preceding death.
  • Continuously rated totally disabled from the date of military discharge and for at least five years immediately preceding death.
  • Or a former POW who died after Sept 30, 2999, and who was continuously rated totally disabled for a period of at least one year immediately preceding death.