Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program(DEA): Few Americans know that the wives (or husbands) and children of those killed in action or rendered 100% disabled due to their service are eligible for full GI Bill benefits. Many military support charities are continuing to raise money for scholarships for the children of KIAs and 100% disabled veterans and they apparently do not know or realize that the children and the surviving parent of KIAs and the children and spouse of 100% disabled veterans are eligible for full GI Bill benefits and there is no better scholarship program any where in the world.
Post 9/11 GI Bill - The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. (awesome video)
- Mar 1, 2011 Update: Some National Guardsmen Now Eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits
- December 19, 2010 Update: The Post 9/11 GI Bill Fix Details
- December 16, 2010 Update: Congress Approves Expansions to Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Post 9/11 GI Bill Calculator
- Senator Proposes 6 Major GI Bill Fixes
Transferring GI Bill To Dependents - For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009. (Video)
The Yellow Ribbon Program – If you are attending a private institution, graduate school or attending in an out-of-state status, you may be able to receive money to cover the difference of the amount charged to the you and what has been paid by the VA for educational assistance. Here’s a list of schools that are participating in The Yellow Ribbon program.
Montgomery GI Bill - The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) - Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. 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.
GI Bill License & Certification Program - Reimbursement for licensing and certification tests that have been specifically approved for the GI Bill is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA can pay only for the cost of the tests, not any other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification.
Check out the “Fry Scholarship“
Don’t forget to check on the benefits available from your specific State! Find yours here.