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Atlanta Dependency & Indemnity Compensation Attorney

Helping You Gain Peace of Mind Through Financial Security.

Among the most traumatic experiences one can endure is the death of a loved one, particularly a veteran who sacrificed their life to protect our country. You not only have to come to terms with your devastating loss, but you have to evaluate how to secure financial stability for you and your family.

Fortunately, there is a solution but it’s not easy to attain, meaning you should enlist our legal team to help you throughout the process. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for the surviving spouses and family members of veterans who lost their lives in the line of duty or due to a service-related matter. DIC can help you and your family focus on mourning the loss of your loved one without stressing about how to pay the bills.

For the best chances of securing DIC, you should contact our Atlanta DIC lawyer to help you file a claim to receive the benefits you deserve. We have more than 40 years of combined experience helping surviving family members secure DIC benefits and can help you do the same.

We invite you to call (404) 467-9017 to arrange a free consultation where we can discuss your options and plan of action.

What Is Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC)?

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of:

  • Service members who died while on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training
  • Veterans who died as a result of a service-connected injury or disease
  • Veterans who did not die as a result of a service-connected injury or disease, but were completely disabled by a service-connected disability:
    • For at least 10 years before death
    • Since their release from active duty and for at least five years before death
    • For at least one year before death, if they were a former prisoner of war and died after Sept. 30, 1999

Who Is Eligible for DIC?

You may be eligible for DIC benefits if you are a surviving spouse who:

  • Married a service member who died on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training,
  • Married the deceased veteran before Jan. 1, 1957
  • Married a veteran who died from a service-connected injury or disease, as long as the marriage began within 15 years of discharge
  • Married the deceased veteran for at least one year
  • Had a child with the veteran and cohabitated with the veteran until their death

If you are a surviving child, you must be under 18 or between the ages of 18 and 23 and currently attending school. You may be eligible for DIC if the veteran parent:

  • Died in the line of duty
  • Died as a result of a service-connected injury or disease

If you are a surviving parent, you may be eligible for DIC if the veteran child:

  • Died in the line of duty
  • Died as a result of a service-connected injury or disease

2020 DIC Rates for Spouses & Dependents

Depending on when your loved one died, you may be entitled to certain compensation payments. You won’t have to pay taxes on these payments because they are tax exempt. If the veteran died on or after January 1, 1993, the following information applies:

Monthly payment

  • Surviving dependent child of a veteran when they have no surviving spouse: $565.84
  • Surviving spouse: $1,340.14

Added amounts

  • If the Veteran had a VA disability rating of totally disabling (including for individual unemployability) for at least the 8 full years leading up to their death, and you were married to the Veteran for those same 8 years, you may qualify for the 8-year provision benefit which equals $284.57 added to your monthly compensation
  • If you have a disability and need help with regular daily activities (like eating, bathing, or dressing), you may qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit which equals $332.00 added to your monthly compensation
  • If you can’t leave your house due to a disability, you may qualify for the Housebound allowance benefit which equals $155.53 added to your monthly compensation
  • If you have 1 or more children who are under age 18, you may qualify for the Transitional benefit and DIC apportionment rate which equals an added monthly total of $286.00 for the first 2 years after the Veteran’s death and $332.00 for each eligible child.

Regardless of when your loved one’s death occurred, the government offers benefits. Click here to view the monthly payments you could get if your veteran died before January 1, 1993.

We Can Help You Navigate the VA DIC Process. Call Today.

There is a vast range of confusing rules and loopholes within the VA DIC system. Most if not all of these complexities can be handled by our Atlanta Dependency & Indemnity Compensation attorney, meaning there is no better time to retain our legal counsel than right now.

Why now?

Even though you can apply for VA DIC at any time, you may be entitled to retroactive benefits that account for the benefits you’ve acquired since the date you filed your claim. This means the sooner you contact us for help, the better because it increases your likelihood of receiving maximum compensation. As soon as you hire our Atlanta DIC lawyer, we can get started on gathering the required documents and information needed to successfully handle a first-time claim or one that was previously denied by the VA DIC.

At Stevens & Sullivan, LLC, we are dedicated to helping surviving spouses and family members successfully navigate the VA DIC process and secure their rightful benefits. Call (404) 467-9017 to learn how we can help make that happen.

Meet the Attorneys

Guiding you through Every Step
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    David A. Stevens


    After graduating from law school in 2002, attorney David A. Stevens began his legal career as a felony public defender and consumer litigation attorney. During his early years in practice he was lead counsel in over a dozen jury trials and obtained favorable results for hundreds of clients while developing his skills as a litigator. In 2005, he began to focus his practice on disability representation while working with his mother, attorney Jane McElreath, who had been representing disabled ...
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    Douglas Sullivan


    Attorney Douglas Sullivan grew up in a military family where his father had a career in the US Air Force. As an Air Force brat he developed an interest in military history and has an immense respect for those men and women who have served our country. While still in law school, Doug began working for a law firm that specialized in Veteran’s disability and Social Security disability claims. After law school Doug has continued to focus his legal practice in the area of Veterans’ disability. ...
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    Daphne Sullivan


    Daphne Sullivan graduated from law school in 2002, and for almost twenty years, the focus of her legal career has been representing claimants in their applications for Social Security disability benefits. She has worked with thousands of claimants nationwide and she has extensive knowledge and experience in applying Social Security rules and regulations to cases. She has assisted clients in navigating the disability process from the administrative levels to the Appeals Council. She has worked ...
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    Christopher Campagno

    Managing Attorney

    Christopher A. Campagno joined Stevens & Sullivan, LLC in June of 2021. His areas of expertise include Veterans Law, Disability Rights, and Military Justice. His current practice focuses on representing disabled Veterans throughout all stages of the VA disability claims process, to include the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans claims. In 2019, Christopher earned his J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. In addition to his law degree, he was awarded a certificate ...

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