Today we are discussing the US Department of Veteran Affairs Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) Program, often called chapter 35 Benefits.
Now this program hits close to home for me, as My father passed away of a service related disability. With six children at home, paying for college for any of them was going to be next to impossible without help. However it wasn’t until I had already left the military I learned about Chapter 35 Benefits. Chapter 35 is an educational benefit for the dependents of a deceased service member who passes away due to service related cause or injury, or are classified as 100% disabled by the US Vets Administration. Now the service member does not have to die while in combat, but could also have been injured and later passed away due to those injuries as well, current service members who are still in service but about to be discharged with what is likely to be a permanent disability are also included in this category.
Dependents are eligible for this benefit between the ages of 18 and 24, and must attend a institution of higher education that offers a program approved by veterans affairs. Dependents can also attend an apprenticeship program and receive the benefits as well, such as those for electricians and carpenters. The dependent spouses of a service member are eligible as well for up to 10 years after the service members death or classification.
Whats great about this benefit is, it is awarded monthly directly to the student, and the current award for those enrolled full time is $957/month. Thats huge. So if you or someone you know has lost a loved one while in service, or has been severely disabled, let them know that Chapter 35 benefits could make all the difference in funding their education. To learn more, go to www.gibill.va.gov/
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