Some of the best programs for the dependants of Servicemembers are provided for active duty service members. There are programs that support reserve military families, but active duty service members are able to benefit from a program called DEA assistance. Dependant Education Assistance can provide up to 45 months of funding and educational benefits to Servicemembers and their families.
The benefits can be used to participate in training and approved programs. The specific benefits can be used for on the job training, apprenticeship programs, or degree and certificate programs. If you are a veteran, or an active duty Servicemember, or the spouse of one of these, under some conditions refreshers and correspondence courses may be approved. To be eligible for these benefits and services, a prospective person must be the Daughter, Son, or Spouse of:
-A Servicemember who was forcibly interned or detained by a foreign government or power. This detainment has to be while the Service member was on active duty.
-A Servicemember who is currently missing in action or who is listed as killed in action.
-A Servicemember who was captured by a hostile force while on Active Duty.
-A Servicemember that is totally and permanently disabled from a service connected disability. The disability must be from serving on active duty in the Armed Forces.
There are also other conditions that became effective as of December of 2006:
-A Servicemember who is receiving outpatient treatment or who is receiving hospital care for a service connected total and permanent disability. This disability is one likely to lead to separation.
If you pursue these types of benefits for training for yourself then your discharge must have been for honorable reasons. To be eligible for these benefits as a dependent you have to be between the ages of 18 to 26 years of age. You can be married and it does not disqualify you from these benefits. If you are serving on active duty in the Military yourself, then you can under some conditions be eligible to have your eligibility period extended for equal periods for which you have served on Active Duty.
Under most conditions this cannot extend past your 31st birthday even with an extension. If you are a spouse of a Servicemember that has been killed while on active duty, the DEA program benefits normally expire 20 years after the date of the death of the Servicemember.