What is the difference between DIC and Death Pension?

Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is an entitlement benefit paid to eligible survivors (Spouse, unmarried child) of certain deceased service members and veterans.  The DIC benefit is managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is dispersed to surviving family members that meet specific criteria.  For further details, please visit :http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/dependents/dic.doc

Death Pension is a needs based financial benefit payable to the unremarried surviving spouse or unmarried child of a deceased wartime veteran.  As noted, eligibility for this benefit is based upon the financial need of the applicant.  To learn more about the Death Pension please follow this link:http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/pension/spousepen.htm 

For more information please call 800-827-1000.