Veteran & Dependent Claims

Types of Veteran Claims

Service Connected Disability

This benefit is available to anyone who served in the armed forces and has current disabilities related to a condition, injury or illness that started during active duty or may be presumed to have onset in the military. When service connected disabilities are granted by VA, the claimant is eligible for additional local, state and federal benefits. Additional compensation may be available for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits when a Veteran requires the medical assistance of another person to accomplish the activities of daily living SOLELY because of service connected conditions. Get more information about Service Connected claims. When a Veteran is more than 30% disabled due to service connected conditions, there may be eligibility to Aid and Attendance for spouse.

Non-Service Connected Pension

This benefit is for Veterans who served during a period of War. Pension is an income-based program. To receive pension, the claimant must have a low income and limited assets. Medical expenses can be reported to reduce 'countable income.' Get more information about Non-Service Connected Pension claims. Higher level of Pension may be available when the Veteran is housebound or needs the assistance of another person to accomplish the activities of daily living, Aid and Attendance.

Types of Dependent Claim

Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

This benefit is for the surviving dependent of a Veteran who died in service, or due to a service connected disability, or who was rated 100% service connected for more than 10 years. DIC is a monthly benefit to the survivor. An increased amount of DIC may be available when the claimant is housebound or needs the assistance Aid and Attendance of another person to accomplish the activities of daily living. Being eligible to DIC also means possible entitlement to education benefits and health insurance.

Survivor Pension (for survivors of War Time Veterans only)

Survivor Pension (also known as Death Pension) is an income-based program and may provide a monthly benefit for surviving spouses or dependents of War-time Veterans who have limited income and assets. Medical expenses can be reported to reduce 'countable income'. Additional benefits may be provided when the claimant is housebound or needs the assistance Aid and Attendance of another person to accomplish the activities of daily living.

Please review the Survivor Benefits brochure or keep reading for more information about these benefits. We can also help with burial benefits.

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