CHAPTER 35 SURVIVORS & DEPENDENTS ASSISTANCE (DEA)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of a:
- Veteran who entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985;
- Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits
- 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 service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
- A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- A service member 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.
- A direct link to the VA website concerning Chapter 35 can be found here: Chapter 35 DEA
- For a VA pamphlet, please click here: Chapter 35 Pamphlet
HOW TO APPLY
- Complete the VA Application thru the VA website @ VONAPP.
- Submit a VA application and/or Certificate of Eligibility to the TTC VA office.
- Submit a copy of your birth certificate or marriage certificate if a spouse.
You may also be eligible for the South Carolina Governor's Waiver. The Governor's office must mail the waiver to you. Check @ SC Governor's Waiver.
Please see the South Carolina Governor's Waiver for another benefit. This waiver may pay most tuition and fees at certain colleges in South Carolina. You are responsible to mail this form to the address listed on the form. Remember this benefit is separate from the VA but some students can receive both benefits simultaneously. Please click here for the waiver: SC Governor's Waiver