Service Connected Disability
- The Veteran’s Administration administers the system of benefits that are connected to your military service. A service connection means that a service member was wounded, injured, or ill while on active duty, or training for active duty.
- Amount of Benefits
- The service connected disability is given a rating which is expressed in a percent of disability – from 0% to 100%, all this is expressed in increments of 10.
- In order to collect for survivor benefits, a person must have been married to the veteran for at least one year and be married at the time of the veteran’s death.
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
- The basis monthly DIC benefit is $1,233 with an additional $262 per month if the veteran had a 100% disability rating during the eight years immediately prior to her/his death.
- Aid and Attendance
- This is an additional benefit to assist veterans and survivors who are eligible for DIC benefits who are living in a nursing facility or are homebound. A&A can add $300 per month to any DIC benefit.
- Medical Treatment
- Free or low-cost medical care at a VA hospital.
Applying for Benefits
- Go to va.gov or visit a Vet Center. Vet Centers can be found by searching the internet or by calling 800-827-1000; or their health benefits line at 800-827-8387.