The families of service members who died in the line of duty, and disabled veterans who died from a service-connected condition, receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation benefits monthly. 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has introduced the Caring for Survivors Act of 2021, a bill that will expand eligibility and increase payments for DIC benefits for survivors.
Hayes says they owe it to the brave men and women to take care of their families and get them the support they need.
This bill would increase the monthly benefit to $300 per recipient and reduce the time frame a veteran must be disabled in order to qualify, allowing more survivors to become eligible for benefits. The proposal was endorsed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Gold Star Wives, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.