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What are spouse benefits paid to service-connected disabled vets?

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) are benefits paid to spouses of veterans who either died from a service-connected disability, or are currently caring for a veteran with a service-connected disability. These benefits are tax-free.

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a benefit usually payable to a surviving spouse of a servicemember who died while on active duty training, active duty or inactive duty training. It is also available for spouses of veterans who died as a result of their service-connected disabilities. This benefit can be paid to surviving children or parents, if applicable. DIC for parents is an income based benefit.

The Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional benefit that can be paid to veterans, their spouses or their surviving spouses. For veterans, the SMC is a higher rate of compensation paid because of a special need or circumstance, such as the need of attendance and aid by another person, or a specific disability like the use loss of the use of a leg or hand. For a veteran's spouse or surviving spouses, this tax-free benefit is generally referred to as aid and attendance and is paid out based on the need for attendance and aid by another person. This benefit may also be paid to surviving parents, if applicable.

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