Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2nd Update VA,Military VA Benefits Chapter 35 Depedents & Survivors, 800 Member Alliance Families/Education & Military Child Education Coalition

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 a foreign government or power.
  3. The spouse or child of a Servicemember who is hospitalized or receives 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 recognized 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. 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. Children generally must be between the ages of 18 and 26 to receive educational benefits. VA may grant extensions to both spouses and children.


You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.

Period of Eligibility

If you are a son or daughter and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit. If you are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military service, your discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions. VA can extend your period of eligibility by the number of months and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension cannot generally go beyond your 31st birthday, there are some exceptions.
If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran. If the VA rated the veteran permanently and totally disabled with an effective date of 3 years from discharge a spouse will remain eligible for 20 years from the effective date of the rating. This change is effective October 10, 2008 and no benefits may be paid for any training taken prior to that date.
For surviving spouses (spouses of service members who died on active duty) benefits end 20 years from the date of death.

How to Apply

You should make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
Obtain and complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train. If you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application.
If you have started training, take your application to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA.
Section 301 of Public Law 109-461 adds a new category to the definition of "eligible person" for DEA benefits. The new category includes the spouse or child of a person who:
VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability; and at the time of VA's determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment; and is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability.
Persons eligible under this new provision may be eligible for DEA benefits effective December 23, 2006, the effective date of the law.
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. 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. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Special Restorative Training is available to persons eligible for DEA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs may prescribe special restorative training where needed to overcome or lessen the effects of a physical or mental disability for the purpose of enabling an eligible person to pursue a program of education, special vocational program or other appropriate goal. Medical care and treatment or psychiatric treatments are not included.
Special Vocational Training is also available to persons eligible for DEA benefits. This type of program may be approved for an eligible person who is not in need of Special Restorative Training, but who requires such a program because of a mental or physical handicap.

The Military Child Education Coalition

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)

Continuing Education/Graduate Credit

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Continuing Education: The MCEC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET), 8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800, McLean, VA 22102. Several states have also given their approval. Furthermore, the MCEC is a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The MCEC solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. To receive the MCEC CEUs, participants will be required to complete the CEU Application during the Institute. CEU credits of 1.2 will be awarded for the successful completion of each institute for the cost of $25.00 payable by check only to the Military Child Education Coalition (no cash or credit cards accepted). Twelve (12) full seat hours required for institute credit, attendance is required for both full days, and no partial attendance will be accepted. For CEU credit, participants are required to attend 95% of the training institute and fill out an end of course evaluation.

Graduate Credit: Upon successful completion of the institute, you have an option to receive one graduate credit hour underwritten by a branch of Texas A&M. The University fee is $175.

    Secondary Education Transition Study

    The US Army asked the MCEC to design, conduct, and coordinate a comprehensive study of the effects of transition during high school years. The Army selected 9 installations and school districts worldwide. The MCEC coordinated the great research partnership involving the schools and the military installations. SETS is available for ordering through: Military Child Education Coalition 909 Mountain Lion Circle Harker Heights, Texas 76548 Telephone: 254-953-1923 Fax: 254-953-1925

    SETS Executive Summary

    The United States Army Community and Family Support Center (CFSC) contracted with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to conduct a study of the impact of high school transitions for the military-connected student. The results of the Secondary Education Transition Study (SETS) are set forth in this report, along with the ancillary publications, under the provisions of Contract DASW01-99-M-0774. All opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendation expressed in this report, as well as in the ancillary publications, are those of the MCEC's senior researcher team and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Army. The SETS report, as well as the executive summary and parent guidebook, may be used for brief quotations in reviews, scholarly works, education-related presentations/speeches, or administrative procedures/policy development so long as the appropriate credit is given.


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