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Survivor’s Benefits

​The VA's Veterans Benefits Administration offers a variety of benefits and services to spouses, children, and parents of deceased servicemembers and veterans.  For eligibility information and assistance applying for these benefits, contact your local County Veterans Service Office.  Additional information can be found on the VA's website.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) 

This is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

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Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

This is a tax free income-based monthly benefit for the parent(s) of military servicemembers who died in the line of duty or veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Survivor's Pension - The Survivors Pension benefit, which may also be referred to as Death Pension, is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased veteran with wartime service.

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Dependent's Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

This program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship)

This scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001.

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Home Loans

VA can help surviving spouses become homeowners by providing a home loan guarantee and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.

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College-Fee Waiver

CalVet's College-Fee Waiver program enables children and unremarried spouses or registered domestic partners of veterans to obtain a waiver of mandatory system wide tuition or fees at the University of California (UC), California State University (Cal State) including the California Maritime Academy, or a California Community College.  The waiver of tuition or fees shall apply only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to State law, and the school which the student attends makes final residency determinations.  For more information about this program, or to apply for this benefit, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office.

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Survivor’s Benefits