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How to Read DIC Rate Tables

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DIC On or After or Before January 1, 1993


DIC, Surviving Spouse & Children
Veteran's Death was On or After January 1, 1993
- Rate Tables

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) since January 1, 1993 has been a flat basic rate. To that rate you add extra amounts depending on the number of dependents and other entitlements. In the example below, the monthly rate for the surviving spouse increases from the basic rate of $1,154 to a new monthly rate of $1,972.

Example: Amounts Rates
Surviving spouse has two children.
At the time of the veteran's death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death.
AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years.

$1,154
286
286
+ 246
$1,972

Basic Rate
1st Child
2nd Child
8 Year Provision

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) since January 1, 1993 for children without a surviving spouse is a flat rate of $452 each.



DIC, Surviving Spouse & Children
Veteran's Death was Before January 1, 1993
- Rate Tables

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) before January 1, 1993 is a lot more complicated than that paid before. Entitlement was based on the highest pay grade that the veteran held for six months of active duty. Rates for children varied by pay grade, if the surviving spouse was entitled, and if the child was sharing with other children.
Five rate tables exist for this benefit.

The footnotes for these rate tables are crucial. They provide the additional amounts that can be paid based on each pay grade. Two examples are shown below to demonstrate how the rates differ.

Example 1: Amounts Rates
Surviving spouse with two children.
The veteran's pay grade was E-1
At the time of the veteran's death the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death.
AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years.

$1,154
286
286
+ 246
$1,972

Basic Rate
1st Child
2nd Child
8 Year Provision - see footnote f in the rate table
Example 2: Amounts Rates
Surviving spouse with two children.
The veteran's pay grade was O-6
At the time of the veteran's death the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death.
AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years.

$1,771
286
+ 286
$2,343

Basic Rate
1st Child
2nd Child
No 8 Year Provision

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) before January 1, 1993 for children without a surviving spouse is a variable rate based on the number of children receiving benefits.