Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans, who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse of a Veteran, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Contact your local VA office for more information.
New Info: Section 301 of Public Law 109-461 adds a new category to the definition of “eligible person” for DEA benefits. The new category includes the spouse or child of a person who:
- VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability; and
- at the time of VA's determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment; and
- is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability.
Persons eligible under this new provision may be eligible for DEA benefits effective December 23, 2006, the effective date of the law.
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