Many brave and outstanding men and women in Pennsylvania serve in the United States military. Sadly, quite a few of them lose their lives while serving or as a result of a work-related illness, injury or disease. Surviving family members of these individuals may have a right to collect Veterans' benefits. This week's column will address the dependency and indemnity compensation benefit in particular.
Who is eligible to receive this benefit? Dependency and indemnity compensation may be collected by a surviving spouse and/or child. It is not open to just any spouse or child, however. There are certain requirements that must be met. Legal counsel can review the details of one's case and help determine if this is a benefit one can pursue.
In order to achieve the DIC benefit, one must file the appropriate petition with Veteran Affairs. With it, one must provide proof that he or she qualifies to receive the benefit. One's legal counsel can help with filling out and filing the petition, and putting together the required documentation.
Veterans' benefits are not always easy to access. Before the government is willing to hand out money, they will make veterans or their surviving family members jump through hoops to prove that they have earned the benefits. It can be frustrating, especially for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pennsylvania residents who believe they qualify for DIC or other Veterans' benefits can, with the assistance of an experienced attorney, do everything possible to seek to obtain them as swiftly as possible.
Source: benefits.va.gov, "Dependency and Indemnity Compensation", Accessed on April 30, 2018