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VA offers certain benefits for survivors and dependents of deceased veterans. A veteran’s spouse may qualify for Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits if: 1) the cause of the veteran’s death was due to service, 2) a veteran’s death resulted from a non service-related injury or disease and the veteran was receiving, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling for at least 10 years immediately before death, 3) the veteran was receiving the total disability for at least five years following his or her release from active duty immediately preceding death, or, 4) the veteran was a former prisoner of war who died after September 30, 1999, and was receiving benefits for at least one year prior to death.