This benefit is available to the qualified dependents of certain disabled veterans. You may view an information pamphlet published by the VA here. As of October 1st, 2015, the full-time monthly benefit is $1021.00. To be eligible for Survivors’ & Dependents’ Education Assistance, you must be the spouse or child of –
Surviving spouses whose benefits stopped when they re-married can receive DEA benefits again if their re-marriage ends by death or divorce, or they cease to live with the person to whom they presented themselves in public as married.
Spouses and surviving spouses have 10 years from the date VA establishes eligibility to use the benefit. Surviving spouses of veterans who died while on active duty have 20 years from the date of the veteran’s death to use the benefit. Children may use the benefit while they are between the ages of 18 and 26.
Individuals making an initial application for these benefits may complete an on-line application using the Veteran's On-Line Application System or by completing and submitting a Dependents' Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-5490) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used the benefit at another institution or have not used their benefits in more than one year should complete and submit a Dependents' Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-5495) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.