Survivors and Dependants Benefits

Survivors and Dependants Benefits


The VA offers a wide range of benefits for the surviving spouse, dependent children and dependent parents of deceased veterans and military servicemembers.

Spouse benefits include Dependants Indemnity Compensation (DIC), death pensions, Survivors and Dependant' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (including counseling and work study), CHAMPVA medical insurance, vocational training, and home loan guaranties.

Child benefits include the same programs that are available for spouses (with the exception of home loan guaranty). A child dependant's CHAMPVA coverage would include benefits for spina bifida if they are a child of a Vietnam veteran.

Parent benefits include Parents Dependency and Indemnity Compensation and other related programs.


Burial Benefits

The VA's National Cemetary Administration provides information to veterans and their families on available burial benefits and the VA's national cemetaries. Topics include:
Contact Information

For more information on any of these benefit programs, contact your local VA Regional Office toll free at 1-800-827-1000.You can also visit the website for the VA office in your state to request more information.

To access a listing of all the VA facilities – including benefit departments and health care clinics/hospitals – located in your state, consult the VA Facilities Directory.