Veterans Affairs

Survivors and Dependents


VA honors the sacrifices of Servicemembers' and Veterans' dependents and survivors through many benefit programs.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a monthly benefit paid to a surviving spouse, including additional payments for dependent children.   It is available to an eligible spouse of a Servicemember who died during active military service or from a service-connected disability, or the spouse of a Veteran who was rated totally disabled at the time of death. http://benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/types-dependency_and_indemnity.asp
     The surviving spouse and child(ren) who are eligible for DIC, are also eligible for the Civilian Health and Medical program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA), as well as the Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program.


Survivor's Pension is a monthly benefit payable to a low-income surviving spouse and child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.  http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/spousepen.asp


How to Apply:   
Contact our office at 231-258-3370 for assistance in determining eligibility and in completing the required forms.