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Heather Vahoose Bio

By Jon Corra · December 2, 2011
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Heather Vahoose is the lead VA Attorney at Jan Dils Attorneys at Law. Heather has a passion for helping Veterans and was one of the founding members of our VA Department in 2007.

Heather graduates from Kents Hill High School in 1995, from there she went on to Hobart and William College in New York where she studied Political Science and Environmental Science. After graduating, Heather chose to attend the Roger Williams School of Law. Heather graduated with her Law Degree in 2002.

What is a DIC Claim in VA Disability?

By Jon Corra · December 2, 2011

DIC stands for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. For a survivor to be eligible, the Veteran’s death must have resulted from one of the following causes: 1. A disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on active duty or active duty for training; 2. An injury, heart attack, cardiac arrest, or stroke incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on inactive duty for training; 3. A service-connected disability or a condition directly related to a service-connected disability.

DIC may also be paid to survivors of Veterans who were totally disabled from SC conditions at the time of death, even though their SC disabilities did not cause their deaths. The survivor qualifies if the Veteran was: 1. Continuously rated totally disabled for a period of 10 years immediately preceding death; 2. Continuously rated totally disabled from the date of military discharge and for at least 5 years immediately preceding death; 3. A former POW who died after 9/30/99, and who was continuously rated totally disabled for a period of at least one year immediately preceding death.

Payments will be offset by any judicial proceedings brought on by the Veteran’s death. The Veteran’s discharge must have been under conditions other than dishonorable.