Losing a spouse is emotionally devastating and can leave the family in financial turmoil, especially if the veteran was the family’s central pillar of financial support. Therefore, the question arises, “does my spouse get my VA disability after I die?”
Does My Spouse Get My VA Disability After I Die?
No, veterans’ VA disability monthly payments do not continue for their surviving spouse after death. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers VA benefits for surviving spouses, including dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), survivors’ pension, and burial benefits.
What Is The Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?
Surviving spouses may be eligible for a benefit called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation or DIC. The DIC is a monthly payout granted to the spouse or dependent child(ren) of a service member who died in action or from a service-connected condition.
Unfortunately, not every surviving spouse is entitled to DIC. To acquire DIC benefits, both the veteran and surviving spouse must meet specific criteria.
According to the VA, the surviving spouse of a veteran is eligible for DIC benefits if:
- spouse died “while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training”;
- legally married before January 1, 1957; OR
- their service-connected condition was the cause of death; OR
- were married to the veteran for at least one year immediately preceding the veteran’s death; OR
- they had a child or children together, AND
- lived with the veteran until their time of passing, AND
- not currently remarried.
If the surviving spouse happens to remarry, VA will generally discontinue the awarded DIC benefits. However, if the surviving spouse remarries and that marriage ends, then DIC benefits can resume from the date of discontinuation of that marriage.
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