New VA Education Benefit for Spouses

VA Education Benefit Extended to Surviving Spouses

According to an article on Stars and Stripes, surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001 will now be eligible for 36 months of educational assistance.  This assistance will come from the Fry Scholarship which will cover tuition and fees.  It will also include money for a housing allowance, books, and school supplies.

This benefit was previously only available to the children but was expanded to include spouses in a veterans bill that was passed by Congress.  Spouses who are eligible for the scholarship should receive notification from the VA, but, if you have questions, you can find more information on the VA’s website.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Benefits for Veterans’ Spouses

There are also a number of other benefits available to spouses of service members who have died in the line of duty or as a result of a service-connected disability.  For example, a surviving spouse may be eligible to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) in a number of instances, including the following:

  • The service member died while on active duty
  • The veteran died as a result of an injury or disease related to military service
  • The veteran died from any cause and had a 100% rated service connected disability for a certain period of time (at least 10 years, 5 years, or 1 year) prior to death

Other benefits for spouses

Surviving spouses of veterans can also receive other benefits. One of the other benefits is a survivor’s pension. You can find out more detailed information about survivor’s pensions in our survivor’s pension article.

Other factors to consider

It can be tricky for a veteran’s surviving spouse to file a claim properly and timely.  The spouse should receive all the benefits to which he or she is entitled.  If the veteran has a disability benefit claim pending at the time of death, the surviving spouse needs to follow particular rules to make sure the benefits from that claim are protected.

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
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