Veteran Survivor and Dependent Benefits

Veterans Survivor BenefitsThe Veterans Administration provides a variety of programs that assist the family members of Veterans. The eligibility for Veterans Survivor Benefits will depend upon several factors, ranging from whether or not the Veteran served during wartime (not necessarily in a combat area) to whether or not the Veteran was rated as having a compensable service-related disability.

Veterans Survivor Benefits for Dependents

Different benefits are available to the spouses, children and sometimes the parents of the Veteran. Click on the link below to view the possible benefits available. We strongly recommend that you enlist the services of a Veteran Service Officer before you submit your application. They will review your application, helping ensure it has all the information the VA requires. If you do not have a VSO yet, the NVF will help you find one. Simply call us at 888-777-4443.

Benefit Description Spouse Child Parent
Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)YesYesYes
Death PensionYesYesNo
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA). Includes Counseling Services and Work StudyYesYesNo
Specialized Vocational TrainingYesYesNo
Spina BifidaNoYesNo
Home Loan GuarantyYesNoNo

To Claim VA Life Insurance: For SGLI and VGLI claims submit VA Form SGLV 8283. For TSGLI submit VA Form SGLV 8600.Financial Counseling is Available for SGLI/VGLI Beneficiaries from FinancialPoint® toll free at (866) 476-5764 or by email at

Burial Benefits Next of Kin May Consider Upon the Death of the Veteran

For more information about veterans survivor benefits contact us.