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Service Ribbon - Persian Gulf Persian Gulf War
Service Ribbon - Global War On Terror Global War On Terror


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If you served during one or more
of these periods of war and have any of the highlighted diseases, you may be eligible for compensation, benefits
and health care.

To view the service related Illnesses and health concerns that have been identified with service during the wars listed below, click on the various links.

Vietnam War

Persian Gulf War

Global War On Terror

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation

To be eligible for DIC benefits, a surviving family member must meet the following appropriate criteria:

The surviving spouse meets one of the following criteria: 1) you were validly married to the veteran at the time of death and you had lived with the veteran from the date you were married until the veteran’s death, unless separation occurred because of the veteran’s misconduct without fault on your part; 2) you are not currently married or you are not currently living with another person and claiming to be the spouse of that person. If you have remarried after age 57, you may be eligible for benefits. Different rules apply if you either were married to the veteran for less than one year or were in a common-law relationship with the veteran.

You are the surviving child (biological, adopted, or stepchild) of the veteran under the age of 18, are unmarried, and there is no eligible surviving spouse, or if the surviving spouse does not file for benefits;

You are the surviving child of the veteran, 18 years old or older, and before you reached the age of 18, you became disabled and permanently unable to support yourself;

You are the surviving child of the veteran, are unmarried, between the ages of 18 and 23, and are currently attend a VA-approved school; and

You are the surviving or dependent parent or parents of a deceased veteran. The term “parent” includes a biological, adoptive, or foster parent. A foster parent is a person who legally stood in the relationship of parent to the veteran for at least one year before the veteran’s last entry into active duty.

Eligibility for surviving parents’ DIC is based on a number of factors, including needs-based. When countable income exceeds the limit set by law, no benefit is payable. Income limits are adjusted annually.