One of many VA benefits that veterans and their families have access to is funding for education.
Chapter 35 VA disability benefits are educational benefits available to certain family members of disabled or deceased veterans.
This brief explanation should help veterans making VA service-connected disability claims and their family members understand what Chapter 35 benefits are and who is qualified to receive them.
What Are Chapter 35 VA Benefits?
Chapter 35 VA benefits are educational benefits available to survivors and dependents of some veterans, whether living or deceased.
Available under the GI Bill Program and its two funds, these benefits are offered to qualifying dependent or surviving spouses and children of military veterans with an approved VA service-connected disability.
Chapter 35 recipients may receive educational benefits that include education and job training, tuition money, housing funds, and money for books as well as supplies needed for school.
Who Is Eligible to Receive Chapter 35 Benefits?
Chapter 35 educational VA disability benefits are available to surviving or dependent children or spouses of a retired veteran who fits one of these two descriptions:
- The veteran is totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected disability
- The veteran died during active duty or due to a service-connected disability.
Chapter 35 educational VA benefits are also available to surviving or dependent children or spouses of a current service member who fits one of these four descriptions:
- The service member died during active duty after September 10, 2001.
- The service member is missing in action or was captured during active duty by a hostile force.
- The service member was forcibly held during active duty by a foreign government or power.
- The service member is currently hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a total and permanent service-related disability and is expected to be discharged due to that disability.
Additionally, some survivors and dependents of service members or veterans who do not meet the above criteria may still be considered for Chapter 35 VA disability benefits on a case-by-case basis.
How Can Chapter 35 VA Benefits Be Accessed?
Qualified individuals wishing to access Chapter 35 educational VA service-connected disability benefits can do so by simply applying for them.
Two ways can be done through the GI Bill:
- Fry Scholarship - Available to qualifying spouses and children of active duty service members who died during active duty on or after September 11, 2001, or Select Reserve members who died due to a service-connected disability on or after September 11, 2001.
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program - Provides education and training to qualified dependents of veterans who are totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected disability or who died during active duty due to a service-connected condition.
Some dependents or survivors may qualify for both programs. Recipients may only choose one benefit.
Talk To A VA Benefits Specialist With Questions About Chapter 35
Chapter 35 educational funding can be an important VA benefit for the spouses and children of veterans and service members looking for a way to go to college.
Family members with questions about their qualification for Chapter 35 benefits or need help accessing them should speak with someone experienced in understanding VA disability benefits and how to successfully apply for them.
VA service-connected disability claims and benefits can be complicated, but there are organizations such as True Vet Solutions out there that can help!
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