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Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA)

To qualify you must be the son, daughter or spouse of a

  • A veteran who entered service for the first time between Jan. 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985
  • 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 Dec. 23, 2006.

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 direct link to the VA website concerning Chapter 35 can be found here: Chapter 35 DEA

For more information, please click here.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the VA Application at the VA website at VONAPP.
  2. Submit a VA application and/or Certificate of Eligibility to the TTC VA office.
  3. Submit a copy of your birth certificate or marriage certificate if a spouse.

NOTE: You may also be eligible for the South Carolina Governor's Waiver. The Governor's office must mail the waiver to you. Click here for more information.

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