The Survivorsí and Dependents Educational Assistance Programs
(DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible
dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled
due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active
duty or as a result of a service related condition. Eligible
- children between ages 18 and 26, and
are the dependents of a veteran who is permanently disabled
due to a service-related condition; is listed as a POW
or MIA; or who died in service, died of a service-connected
disability or died while evaluated with a permanent service-related
- spouses of a veteran if the veteran or
service member has a service-connected permanent disability
or is listed as POW or MIA.
- surviving spouses if the veteran died
of a service-connected disability, died in service or
died while evaluated with a permanent service-related
disability. Surviving spouses whose benefits stopped when
they remarried can regain DEA benefits if their remarriage
separates or ends.
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. Spouses may take
correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher
courses may be approved under certain circumstances. You must
complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors
and Dependents Educational Assistance.