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Dic With Dea Benefits

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I was reading over the DEA application and became confused - again. It says at one point that a person cannot get DIC and receive DEA benefits at the same time. Did I read this wrong? Now I can't find the citation.

Berta - did you continue to receive your DIC concurrently while you were receiving DEA benefits for school? Anybody?

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You bet I did.

When my DEA ran out I paid about 6000 more tuition to finish my degree.

Then when I got my new SC death award letter a few months ago I sent it to the VA and they paid me last month the entire amount that I had paid in tuition as my new award changed the entitlement dates and eligibility dates.

There should be absolutely no offset to DIC by DEA chapter 35 payments.

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You bet I did.

When my DEA ran out I paid about 6000 more tuition to finish my degree.

Then when I got my new SC death award letter a few months ago I sent it to the VA and they paid me back last month the entire amount that I had paid in tuition under DEA regs as my new award changed the entitlement dates and eligibility dates.

There should be absolutely no offset to DIC by DEA chapter 35 payments for a surviving spouse.

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