Benefits

Those who have served in the military have a good, if general, understanding of what it takes to be classified as a veteran. Others, however, do not always know or understand what veteran status requires.  Are Reservists veterans?  What about the National Guard?  What is the definition of a veteran, and what types of veterans are there? 

These days, most honorably discharged veterans are entitled to military funeral honors in recognition of their service to their country.  Honoring active and former members of the armed services is a long-standing tradition, but it is only in recent years that veterans have been given a legal right to have their status recognized at death with military funeral honors.

DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of service members who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, or to survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities. Parents DIC is an income-based benefit for parents who were financially dependent on of a service member or Veteran who died from a service-related cause.

DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of service members who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, or to survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities. Parents DIC is an income-based benefit for parents who were financially dependent on of a service member or Veteran who died from a service-related cause.

In order for a veteran to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled, they must first complete the correct form. 

Before submitting a claim for any benefits, the veteran must have their Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or DD-214. Veterans or their family members can request a certified copy of this form by submitting Form SF- 180 to the National Archives. It is also easy to request the records online, at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

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