• Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)
    Summary of Benefits
    Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

    You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
    • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
    • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
    • A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
    • A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
    • A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.

    Dependents Education Assistance Program Information