The Armed Forces provide different educational support programs for Servicemembers, and they are lucrative and provide a great advantage for members who enlist in the service. But recently there has been a push to help create programs for the dependents; spouses and survivors of Servicemembers who have served heroically and given their lives for their country, or in some cases have been wounded on active duty service.
The Veterans Administration has a program that was established by Congress to help the dependents of heroes and Veteran Servicemembers. Congress realized that there was not an active program to show appreciation to those Servicemembers who have given their lives for their country
Dependents Educational Assistance Program- The Veterans DEA Assistance program is one that gives training and educational support, including financial support to the dependants and spouses of certain groups of former Servicemembers of the Armed forces of the United States. as it pertains to the spouses and dependants that are left behind. You may be qualified if your sponsoring Servicemember has been: Missing in Action, Killed in Action, or if the qualifying Servicemember was injured which results in a permanent total disability. The United States Congress also established that Servicemembers who suffer an injury that results in complete service related disability, or a Servicemember who has been captured or detained in the line of duty should have more support for their family and the educational efforts of their dependants and spouses. Congress and the Veterans Administration amended the law, to include Servicemembers who are still on Active Duty but who have been injured and are disabled, and who are headed toward permanent and total separation from the Armed Forces on grounds of physical disability.
The recent Iraq and Afghanistan theaters had personnel that were returning with injuries, but because they had not yet been separated their family did not have the ability to collect. To correct this, the Government got together with the VA and made different changes in the law to help those who have been severely injured and disabled. This allows dependants to not wait in limbo, but to qualify and receive services during the interim.