Qualifying spouses and children of particular veterans are eligible for the Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance education benefit. For individuals to receive this benefit, the military veteran does not have to be deceased. Overview is found at: https://va.org/va-benefits-overview-article/
Those that qualify can collect up to 45 months of full-time or comparable benefits for:
- College, business, technical, or vocational courses; high school diploma or GED; independent study, or distance learning courses
- Correspondence courses are available for spouses; apprenticeship or on-the-job training
- Remedial, deficiency, and refresher training for particular situations
- Test, license, or certification costs required to obtain, maintain or expand in an employment position
Individuals are eligible for the education program provided they are a son or daughter of:
- A veteran rated by the VA with 100 percent service-related disability.
- A veteran who died from any cause during the existence of a service-related disability.
- A service member missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force.
- A service member detained against their will or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- A service member who is hospitalized or getting outpatient treatment for a service-related disability rated as 100 percent permanent disability and is apt to be discharged for the disability.
Individuals, after finding a program approved for VA training, are required to complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance. VA Form 22-5490 is available at any VA regional office or online at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-5490-ARE.pdf.
Mail the completed form to the appropriate VA regional office serving the state from which the individual will train.