VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) are VA survivor benefits that are tax exempt. This means you wont have to pay taxes on your compensation payments. If you are the surviving spouse, child or parent of a service member who died in the line of duty, or the survivor of a veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness, you may be able to get a tax-free monetary benefit. To see if you qualify, contact a Certified  Veterans Service Officer. Even if the veteran has passed years ago, you may still qualify for compensation.

Important DAV Information

Veterans that call the Meadville DAV for rides are asked for at least 10 days notification. The number to call is (814) 868-8661. Once the recording comes, on that is the Erie VA, push 6603 to be connected. Leave all the important information, your name, last four digits of your social security number, telephone number, address, location and time of your appointment.

Emergency Health Care Information

Veterans that go to a non-VA facility for emergency health care take note. You must call with in 72 hours to be considered for payment. Do not rely on doctors, nurses or hospital staff. If you are incapacitated, have a family member make the call. They will need all of your information: social security number, home address and VA that you visit.  The number to call  is (844) 724-7842. When you are finished giving all the information be sure to get your conformation number.

Till next week, praying for all service members.


– Charles Castelluccio