Members of Servicemember families often are looking for support to attend college and get an education. There are different programs that give assistance and support, to both active duty and reserve military families. Most programs are aimed at active duty service members. Active duty Servicemember families can benefit from a program called DEA assistance.
To be eligible for these benefits and services, a prospective person must be the Daughter, Son, or Spouse of:
-A Servicemember that is totally and permanently disabled from a service connected disability.
-A Servicemember who is currently missing in action or who is listed as killed in action.
-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 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.
-A Servicemember who was captured by a hostile force while on Active Duty. The disability must be from serving on active duty in the Armed Forces.
If you pursue these types of benefits for training for yourself then your discharge must have been for honorable reasons. 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. Dependant Education Assistance can provide up to 45 months of funding and educational benefits to Servicemembers and their families. You can be married and it does not disqualify you from these benefits. 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. Under most conditions this cannot extend past your 31st birthday even with an extension. To be eligible for these benefits as a dependent you have to be between the ages of 18 to 26 years of age.
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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. 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.