Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

The 2017 Parent’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation rate saw a .3% increase over 2016 and was effective December 1st, 2016.

2017 Parent’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation rates:
Effective Date: 12/01/2016
First Paycheck: 12/31/2016

DIC rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (Cola).

Parents Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Charts – Effective 12/1/16 – 11/30/2017

Chart 1: Sole Surviving Parent Unremarried or Remarried Living with Spouse
Income Not Over Monthly Rate Each $1 Decrement
$800 $622 None
$900 $614 .08
$1,000 $606 .08
$1,100 $598 .08
$1,200 $590 .08
$1,300 $582 .08
$1,400 $574 .08
$1,500 $566 .08
$1,600 $558 .08
$1,700 $550 .08
$1,800 $542 .08
$1,900 $534 .08
$2,000 $526 .08
$2,100 $518 .08
$2,200 $510 .08
$2,300 $502 .08
$2,400 $494 .08
$2,500 $487 .08
$2,600 $478 .08
$2,700 $470 .08
$2,800 $462 .08
$2,900 $454 .08
$3,000 $446 .08
$3,100 $439 .08
$3,200 $430 .08
$3,300 $422 .08
$3,400 $414 .08
$3,500 $406 .08
$3,600 $398 .08
$3,700 $390 .08
$3,800 $382 .08
$3,900 $374 .08
$4,000 $366 .08
$4,100 $358 .08
$4,200 $350 .08
$4,300 $342 .08
$4,400 $334 .08
$4,500 $326 .08
$4,600 $318 .08
$4,700 $310 .08
$4,800 $302 .08
$4,900 $294 .08
$5,000 $286 .08
$5,100 $277 .08
$5,200 $270 .08
$5,300 $262 .08
$5,400 $254 .08
$5,500 $246 .08
$5,600 $238 .08
$5,700 230 .08
$5,800 222 .08
$5,900 $214 .08
$6,000 $206 .08
$6,100 $198 .08
$6,200 $190 .08
$6,300 $182 .08
$6,400 $174 .08
$6,500 $166 .08
$6,600 $158 .08
$6,700 $150 .08
$6,800 $142 .08
$6,900 $134 .08
$7,000 $126 .08
$7,100 $118 .08
$7,200 $110 .08
$7,300 $111 .08
$7,400 $94 .08
$7,500 $86 .08
$7,600 $78 .08
$7,700 $70 .08
$7,800 $62 .08
$7,900 $54 .08
$8,000 $46 .08
$8,100 $38 .08
$8,200 $30 .08
$8,300 $22 .08
$8,400 $14 .08
$8,500 $6 .08
$8,512 $5.04 .04
$8,513 to ** $5 None

If entitled to Aid & Attendance allowance add $337 to the monthly rate.

If living with spouse: $19,733

If not living with spouse: $14,680


Chart 2: One of Two Parents Not Living with Spouse
Income Not Over Monthly Rate Each $1 Decrement
$800 $450 None
$900 $444 .06
$1,000 $437 .07
$1,100 $430 .07
$1,200 $422 .08
$1,300 $414 .08
$1,400 $406 .08
$1,500 $398 .08
$1,600 $390 .08
$1,700 $382 .08
$1,800 $374 .08
$1,900 $366 .08
$2,000 $358 .08
$2,100 $350 .08
$2,200 $342 .08
$2,300 $334 .08
$2,400 $326 .08
$2,500 $318 .08
$2,600 $310 .08
$2,700 $302 .08
$2,800 $294 .08
$2,900 $286 .08
$3,000 $278 .08
$3,100 $270 .08
$3,200 $262 .08
$3,300 $254 .08
$3,400 $246 .08
$3,500 $238 .08
$3,600 $230 .08
$3,700 $222 .08
$3,800 $214 .08
$3,900 $206 .08
$4,000 $198 .08
$4,100 $190 .08
$4,200 $182 .08
$4,300 $174 .08
$4,400 $166 .08
$4,500 $158 .08
$4,600 $150 .08
$4,700 $143 .08
$4,800 $134 .08
$4,900 $126 .08
$5,000 $118 .08
$5,100 $110 .08
$5,200 $102 .08
$5,300 $94 .08
$5,400 $86 .08
$5,500 $78 .08
$5,600 $70 .08
$5,700 $62 .08
$5,800 $54 .08
$5,900 $46 .08
$6,000 $38 .08
$6,100 $30 .08
$6,200 $22 .08
$6,300 $14 .08
$6,400 $6 .08
$6,412 $5.04 .04
$6,413 to $14,680 $5 None

If entitled to Aid & Attendance allowance add $337 to the monthly rate.

If living with spouse: $19,733

If not living with spouse: $14,680


Chart 3: One of Two Parents Living with Spouse or Other Parent
Income Not Over Monthly Rate Each $1 Decrement
$1,000 $423 None
$1,100 $420 .03
$1,200 $417 .03
$1,300 $414 .03
$1,400 $411 .03
$1,500 $408 .03
$1,600 $404 .04
$1,700 $400 .04
$1,800 $396 .04
$1,900 $392 .04
$2,000 $387 .05
$2,100 $382 .05
$2,200 $377 .05
$2,300 $372 .05
$2,400 $367 .05
$2,500 $361 .06
$2,600 $355 .06
$2,700 $349 .06
$2,800 $343 .06
$2,900 $337 .06
$3,000 $330 .07
$3,100 $323 .07
$3,200 $316 .07
$3,300 $308 .08
$3,400 $300 .08
$3,500 $292 .08
$3,600 $284 .08
$3,700 $276 .08
$3,800 $268 .08
$3,900 $260 .08
$4,000 $252 .08
$4,100 $244 .08
$4,200 $236 .08
$4,300 $228 .08
$4,400 $220 .08
$4,500 $212 .08
$4,600 $204 .08
$4,700 $196 .08
$4,800 $188 .08
$4,900 $180 .08
$5,000 $172 .08
$5,100 $164 .08
$5,200 $156 .08
$5,300 $148 .08
$5,400 $140 .08
$5,500 $132 .08
$5,600 $124 .08
$5,700 $116 .08
$5,800 $108 .08
$5,900 $100 .08
$6,000 $92 .08
$6,100 $84 .08
$6,200 $76 .08
$6,300 $68 .08
$6,400 $60 .08
$6,500 $52 .08
$6,600 $44 .08
$6,700 $36 .08
$6,800 $28 .08
$6,900 $20 .08
$7,000 $12 .08
$7,087 $5.04 .04
$7,088 to $19,733 $5 None

If entitled to Aid & Attendance allowance add $337 to the monthly rate.

DIC is a tax free income-based monthly benefit for the parent(s) of military service members who died:

  • In the line of duty
  • Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

The surviving parent(s) must have an income below a limit established by law. See current limits below.

The term “parent” includes: Biological, Adoptive, and Foster parents. A foster parent is a person who stood in the relationship of a parent to the Veteran for at least one year before the Veteran’s last entry into active service.

VA disability rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (Cola).

To calculate the 2018 Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation rate increase, if any, the average of the indices of July, August, and September 2017 will be compared with the 2016 3rd quarter average.

To learn how to apply apply go the Veterans Benefits site for more information.