Title: The Veterans’ Families Economic Welfare Act of 2025
WHEREAS, the sacrifices made by the members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their families are immense and invaluable;
WHEREAS, it is the duty of the nation to care for the surviving family members of those who have given their lives in service to the country;
WHEREAS, the NDAA 2024 5.2% pay raise for military service members is long over due and well deserved, the current Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits do not adequately reflect the economic challenges faced by these families, especially in high-cost living areas like California;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
Section 1: Short Title
This Act may be cited as the “Veterans’ Families Economic Welfare Act of 2025.”
Section 2: Definitions
For the purposes of this Act:
- “Veteran” refers to a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
- “Surviving spouse” refers to the widow or widower of a veteran.
- “Dependency and Indemnity Compensation” refers to benefits paid to eligible survivors of deceased veterans as per Title 38 of the United States Code.
Section 3: Increase in Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
- The monthly rate of DIC benefits paid to surviving spouses residing in the State of California shall be increased by 10 percent over the current rate established by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- This increase shall apply to all current and future recipients of DIC benefits within the State of California.
Section 4: Funding
The additional funds required for the implementation of this Act shall be appropriated from the general funds of the Treasury. Such funds are not to exceed an amount necessary to fulfill the provisions of this Act.
Section 5: Implementation
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall implement this Act, ensuring that the increased benefits are disbursed effectively and efficiently to the eligible recipients.
Section 6: Reporting
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit an annual report to Congress detailing the implementation of this Act, including the number of beneficiaries and the fiscal impact.
Section 7: Effective Date
This Act shall take effect on the first day of the month following the date of its enactment.
Section 8: Sunset Provision
This Act shall be subject to review five years after its enactment to evaluate its effectiveness and the need for further legislative action.