Benefits | Dependents & Survivors Benefits


Health Care

CHAMPVA

Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). Under CHAMPVA, certain dependents and survivors can receive reimbursement for most medical expenses- inpatient, outpatient, mental health, prescription medication, skilled nursing care, and durable medical equipment. For more information on CHAMPVA, please visit www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/dependents/champva/index.asp.

Eligibility

For the current eligibility requirements for CHAMPVA Health Care, please visit www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/dependents/champva/champva_eligibility.asp.



Benefits

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Eligibility

For the current eligibility requirements for Dependency & Indemnity Compensation, please visit www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/types-dependency_and_indemnity.asp.



Survivors Pension

VA provides pension benefits to qualifying surviving spouses and unmarried children of deceased Veterans with wartime service.

Eligibility

For the current eligibility requirements for Survivors Pension, please visit www.benefits.va.gov/pension/spousepen.asp.

Payment

Survivors pension provides a monthly payment to bring an eligible person's income to a level established by law. The payment is reduced by the annual income from other sources such as Social Security. The payment may be increased if the recipient has unreimbursed medical expenses that can be deducted from countable income.



Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits

Surviving spouses who are eligible for VA survivor pension are eligible for a higher maximum pension rate if they qualify for aid and attendance or housebound benefits. For more information on this pension, please visit www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp.



Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance

For the current information concerning the GI Bill Programs offering assistance to survivor and dependents of Veterans, please visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp.