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Defining Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

As a member of the military in San Antonio, the potential of you losing your life in the execution of your duties is ever present. Countless clients in your situation have come to us here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C. concerned about how their dependents will be taken care of should something like that happen. Survivor benefits are indeed available to help cover the cost of your funeral, as well as life insurance offering payouts of up to $400,000. While such assistance will indeed help your family, how are they to support themselves in your absence in you were the primary breadwinner? 

Eligible survivors may be available for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation if you die in any of following scenarios: 

  • While on active duty 
  • Due to a service-related injury or disease
  • Due to a non service related issue if you have been recieving disability benefits from the VA for circumstances deemed totally disabling for at least 10 years, for five years immediately following your release from active duty, or for one year if you were a former prisoner of war

According to the Department of Veteran's Affairs, your surviving spouse may recieve up to $1,215 per month in DIC benefits (or more if you are an officer). If you and your spouse are seperated at the time of your death, he or she may still recieve benefits if you had children together, if he or she has not yet remarried, and if he or she was not at fault in your separation.

In any event, your children are entitled to recieve this benefit up until the age of 18. Benefits can be extended until the age of 23 if they are attending school. More information on your family's military benefits can be found here on our site. 

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