Wednesday, January 25, 2012

(sample parent/dependent letter regarding ch 33-35 dependents of military veterans) (MCEC) Military Child Education Coalition Recipe For Success Weblink/Parent to Parent Program & Examples of Exemptions for Military and Dependents

sample parent letter/dependent ch 33-35


Chapter 12 Dependents and Survivors Benefits

Survivors' & Dependents’ Educational Assistance

Eligibility: VA provides educational assistance to qualifying dependents as follows:
  1. The spouse or child of a servicemember or veteran who either died of a service-connected disability, or who has permanent and total service-connected disability, or who died while such a disability existed.
  2. The spouse or child of a servicemember listed for more than 90 days as currently Missing in Action (MIA), captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or detained or interned by aforeign government or power.
  3. The spouse or child of a servicemember who is hospitalized or is receiving outpatient care or treatment for a disability that is determined to be totally and permanently disabling, incurred or aggravated due to active duty, and for which the service member is likely to be discharged from military service.
Surviving spouses lose eligibility if they remarry before age 57 or are living with another person who has been held out publicly as their spouse. They can regain eligibility if their remarriage ends by death or divorce or if they cease living with the person. Dependent children do not lose eligibility if the surviving spouse remarries. Visit for more information.
Period of Eligibility: The period of eligibility for veterans’ spouses expires 10 years from either the date they become eligible or the date of the veteran’s death. VA may grant an extension. Children generally must be between the ages of 18 and 26 to receive educational benefits, though extensions may be granted.
The period of eligibility for spouses of servicemembers who died on active duty expires 20 years from the date of death. This is a change in law that became effective Dec. 10, 2004. Spouses of servicemembers who died on active duty whose 10-year eligibility period expired before Dec. 10, 2004, now have 20 years from the date of death to use educational benefits. Effective Oct. 10, 2008, Public Law 110-389 provides a 20-year period of eligibility for spouses of veterans with a permanent and total service-connected disability rating effective within 3 years of release from active duty.
Payments: The payment rate effective Oct. 1, 2010, is $936 a month for full-time school attendance, with lesser amounts for part-time. Benefits are paid for full-time training up to 45 months or the equivalent in part-time training.
Training Available: Benefits may be awarded for pursuit of associate, bachelor, or graduate degrees at colleges and universities; independent study; cooperative training study abroad certificate or diploma from business, technical or vocational schools, apprenticeships, on-the-job training programs; farm cooperative courses; and preparatory courses for tests required or used for admission to an institution of higher learning or graduate school. Benefits for correspondence courses under certain conditions are available to spouses only.
Beneficiaries without high-school degrees can pursue secondary schooling, and those with a deficiency in a subject may receive tutorial assistance if enrolled half-time or more.
Special Benefits: Dependents over age 14 with physical or mental disabilities that impair their ability to pursue an education may receive specialized vocational or restorative training, including speech and voice correction, language retraining, lip reading, auditory training, Braille reading and writing, and similar programs. Certain disabled or surviving spouses are also eligible.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Children of those who die in the line of duty on or since September 11, 2001, are potentially eligible to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Refer to Chapter 4, “Education and Training”, for more details.
Work-Study: Participants who train at the three-quarter or full-time rate may be eligible for a work-study program in which they work for VA and receive hourly wages. The types of work allowed include:
  1. Outreach services.
  2. VA paperwork.
  3. Work at national or state veterans’ cemeteries.
  4. Work at VA medical centers or state veterans’ homes.
  5. Other VA-approved activities.
Counseling: VA may provide counseling to help participants pursue an educational or vocational objective.
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) Death Benefit: VA will pay a special MGIB death benefit to a designated survivor in the event of the service-connected death of a servicemember while on active duty or within one year after discharge or release.
The deceased must either have been entitled to educational assistance under the MGIB program or a participant in the program who would have been so entitled but for the high school diploma or length-of-service requirement. The amount paid will be equal to the participant’s actual military pay reduction, less any education benefits paid.
Children of Veterans Born with Certain Birth Defects Children of Vietnam or Korean Veterans Born with Spina Bifida: Biological children of male and female Veterans who served in Vietnam at any time during the period beginning January 9, 1962 and ending May 7, 1975, or who served in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) during the period beginning September 1, 1967 and ending August 31, 1971, born with spina bifida may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance, and vocational training if reasonably feasible.
The law defines “child” as the natural child of a Vietnam Veteran, regardless of age or marital status. The child must have been conceived after the date on which the Veteran first entered the Republic of Vietnam. For more information about benefits for children with birth defects, visit
A monetary allowance is paid at one of three disability levels based on the neurological manifestations that define the severity of disability: impairment of the functioning of extremities, impairment of bowel or bladder function, and impairment of intellectual functioning.

About the Recipe for Success: Parent to Parent Program The Parent to Parent program provides informative and interactive workshops to groups or organizations in the local community. Parent to Parent teams are located in the areas of a number of military installations. The team members have personal expertise, backed by research. They share practical ideas, proven techniques, and solid resources to support the military parents/guardians of transitioning school-age children. Join the team today!

For more information regarding the Parent to Parent program or employment opportunities for the program, contact us at or by phone at 254-953-1923.

Education, Training and Resources

Education, Training, and Resources provides information on the MCEC's institutes and training programs, including its course catalog and opportunities to receive Continuing Education Units and/or college credit for the institutes.
The navigation bar on the left of the page has a number of resources that can be utilized, including the following:

  • The MCEC Course Catalog [pdf] - training institutes and other training opportunities, including the stakeholders, description, terminal learning outcomes, requirements,
    and credits for each
  • Professional Development - institute information for
    the Transition Counselor Institutes (TCI), Special Education Leaders Institutes (SELI), Living in the New Normal: Helping Children Thrive through Good and Challenging Times Institute and Practicum (LINN), as well as Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Institute (GRI)

  1. Hazlewood Exemption - Certain Texas veterans and dependents of deceased Texas veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States are exempted from payment of tuition. Hazlewood State application and other documents are required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees except for the Student Service Fee and Property Deposit. The student must pay the Student Service Fee each term.
    Hazlewood Legacy Fact Sheet (NEW FALL 2010)
  2. Dependent of Texas Veteran Killed or Missing in Action Exemption - Certain orphans of members of the Armed Forces, Texas Nat'l Guard and Texas Air Nat'l Guard are exempted from payment of tuition. Documentation is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.
  3. POW-MIA Dependent Exemption - Children of U.S. prisoners of war or persons missing in action are granted exemption of tuition. Documentation is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.
  4. Military Waiver - Resident rather than non-resident tuition is applied to U.S. military personnel, their spouses and dependents if they meet designated criteria. The certificate must be approved and submitted by the Registrar prior to registration. This waiver waives out of state tuition. The student pays in-state tuition rates.
  5. Military Combat Exemption - Certain children or step children of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is deployed to active duty in a combat zone outside the United States may qualify for an exemption of tuition only. Deployment documentation must be provided to our office.


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