Q: I am a survivor/dependent, am I eligible for job training or educational assistance?
The short answer to this is most likely yes. Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA) offers job training or educational assistance to eligible dependents and survivors. You can receive up to 45 months of educational assistance, which can be applied to on-the-job training, certificate and degree programs, and apprenticeships.
To be considered you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
- a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability. The disability must have been generated during active service in the military
- a veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence
- a servicemember either missing in action or captured by hostile forces while in service
- a servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power
- a servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving treatment for a permanent and total disability connected to their service, and who are likely to be discharged because of that disability
There are other eligibility requirements to keep in mind as well. If you are a son or daughter, you must be between 18 and 26 in order to receive the educational or job training assistance offered. Certain circumstances, however, will allow you to use this service before 18 or after 26. Marriage does not preclude you from this service. If you are a spouse, your window of eligibility ranges from 10 to 20 years. Make sure to take advantage of these services while they are available to you!
To apply, complete VA form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Send it to the VA regional office that has jurisdiction over the school or program you plan to attend.