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Good morning, I presently receive DIC benefits as a surviving

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Good morning,
I presently receive DIC benefits as a surviving spouse. I will be 62 years old in a few months and would like to retire early.
My questions are:
Will my DIC benefits continue if I collect Social Security retirement benefits?
What impact, if any, does DIC have on Social Security benefits, (and vice versa)?
Will I still be eligible for ChampVa and Meds-By-Mail through the V.A. until I am age 65 and eligible for Medicare?
(FYI; I am aware of the fact that Social Security benefits are reduced by 25% for individuals who choose to collect Social Security benefits at age 62.) Are there other considerations regarding DIC benefits of which I should be aware?
Thanking you in advance for your time and effort,
Joyce Flint Katheder
[email protected]
ANSWER:
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free Veteran's Administration benefit for you, the surviving spouse. Although receipt of DIC can reduce a spouse's military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity, it will not affect your right to receive Social Security benefits. So, yes, your DIC benefits will continue when you start collecting Soc. Sec. retirement.

Also, yes, you will still be eligible for ChampVa and Meds-By-Mail through the VA until you are age 65 and eligible for Medicare.

CHAMPVA Program Handbook
http://www4.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/handbook/chandbook.pdf

Meds by Mail brochure:
http://www4.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/meds/brochure/MbMBrochure.pdf

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