2015 DIC Rates for Survivors

Writing on paper.

I’ve had more than one reader ask where they can find the 2015 Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)  rates posted.  Well, they’re not up yet.  I can’t figure why…but they’re not.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website has a page, but it still lists the 2014 rates.

Thankfully, the math is not challenging.  The Cost of Living Adjustment was set at 1.7%, so we can take the 2014 rates and multiply them by 1.017 to get the 2015 rates.  However, I am NOT a VA expert, so please remember that.

Also keep in mind that the rates actually change on the 1st of December, but are reflected in the “January” payment, which is for December, and is paid on 31 December because 1 January is a holiday.

Veteran’s Death Was On or After 1 January 1993

Projected 2015 Basic Monthly Rate = $1,254.19

Projected 2015 additional allowance for each dependent child under the age of 18 = $310.71

Projected 2015 transitional benefit paid for two years to surviving spouses with one or more children under 18 = $270.52

Projected 2015 additional allowance if, at the time of the veteran’s death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling (including a rating based on individual unemployability) for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years = $266.32

Projected 2015 additional allowance if the surviving spouse is entitled to Aid and Attendance = $310.71

Projected 2015 additional allowance if the surviving spouse is entitled to the Housebound supplement = $145.55

Please remember that these are not the official rates.  The official rates, when published, could be different from what I have calculated and written here.

Veteran’s Death Was Before 1 January 1993

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for veterans who died prior to 1993 are based upon the veteran’s highest rank.  There may be different figures based upon various specific, individual circumstances.  If this chart doesn’t look right to you, please consider whether you have specific, individual circumstances and wait for the official rates to be released.

Projected 2015 rates:

E-1  E-2 E-3  E-4  E-5 
$1,254.19 $1,254.19 $1,254.19 $1,254.19 $1,254.19
E-6   E-7   E-8  E-9  E-9  
$1,254.19 $1,297.55 $1,369.81 $1,428.64 $1,516.41


W-1  W-2   W-3  W-4  
$1,324.39 $1,377.03 $1,417.29 $1,499.87


O-1  O-2   O-3   O-4
$1,324.39 $1,369.81 $1,463.74 $1,551.48
O-5 O-6 O-7 O-8
$1,707.35 $1,925.16 $2,043.20 $2,282.32
O-9 O-10 O-10
$2,441.29 $2,677.67 $2,873.80


As always, I encourage you to check my work.  Take your existing DIC rate, either from the tables at the VA website or from your statements, and multiply it by 1.017 to get the 2015 rates.

I hope this is helpful.

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Jan Burchard

    I am a DIC Recipient and have not seen the Cost of living increase for 2015. I have called, written and e-mailed the VA and can not get an answer on whether or not I am entitled to the increase. Do you have any information on this?

    • Kate

      Jan, have you checked your online statement? I find it unusual that you wouldn’t see an increase, as it is programmed across the board and not on an individual basis. Readers, do you have any ideas?

      • Jan Burchard

        Yes I have checked my statement that is how I know that I have not received it. I did speak with someone last month at the VA and his explanation was not clear. He said it was in litigation and then said it wasn’t in litigation when I questioned what he said and that I would get it eventually. I thought there may be a hold up on the funds for some reason since the 2015 rate chart is not on the VA website. I’ve always received the increase in the past. Thank you for your response. I have contacted the Service Officer at my VFW Post to see if he/she (there are 2 of them) has any insight to this.

  • Esther Traccy

    What happen too the bill presented too Congress H.R.4741 too increase the DIC for widows too $1572 per month. We were too receive the same amount as disabled veteran. I have been a widow since 1955.

    • Kate

      Mrs. Tracy, 2014 HR 4741 did not make it out of committee. Gold Star Wives (www.goldstarwives.org) is a great resource for keeping tabs on legislation affecting families of fallen military. I am sure that this issue will come up again in the future, and involvement of affected folks like yourself is the key to successful legislation.

  • Rita

    I am newly widowed and am eligible for the DIC. How long is it usually after you applied until you recieve the benefit. I understand it is retro but I am in need of knowing how long.

    • Kate

      Readers, can any of you help Rita? I don’t have any experience with this topic.


    Is it possible to get a lump sum for the DIC?

    • Kate

      JAYJAE, there is no provision to receive a lump sump for DIC.

  • justmamajoan

    I am assisting my mother who is the widow of a Korean Conflict KIA soldier(7/16/1950). She remarried in 9/1951, was widowed again(my father 1974), and is now widowed for the third time(2/2015). After her second husband’s death her widows benefits were reinstated. The VA has no records of her prior two claims. We are starting from scratch with a new claim that has all of the necessary data to prove her eligibility(marriage certificate to first husband, Army final death report, death certificates from the two later marriages. Does any one have experience and words of hope for this claim being successfully processed in a reasonable amount of time?
    Thank you,

    • Warren Thurn

      The only advice I would offer, based on my experience, is to assist the help of the Disabled American Veterans. They are the one veterans organization that is truly a Service Organization.

  • Mercedes M Irving

    I am a DIC Recipient and I,m trying to up date my bank deposit info.how do i go by doing that?

    • Brian

      Hi Mercedes! I hope your not going it alone with the VA, as there are many service officers out there to help with this, at no charge to you. Since you are considered a beneficiary, you can use the link to the VA Form 24-0296. http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-24-0296-ARE….

      Good Luck!

  • Kim

    We are receiving bennies now but I am so worried I will be homeless without money. I am disabled because of my back and. Need to kee insurance. I was told I would keep the fed through the USfS. I will take it down to single that will help. Plus my Medicare. I am not yet 57 but close. He is sick. But frightful may have fight he has been hospital VA for 3 years. It’s been a hard road but we have been married almost 30years. Payments since 2007.,,started with them in 2004 had to fight. I thought some of this was handled but not . What to do.

    • Kate

      Kim, I’m afraid I don’t know what you are asking?

  • harold

    How DO i tell the bank DIC is a lifetime benefit ? the va will not writea letter