Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. The benefit is effective August 1, 2009. Eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly housing allowance and a books and supplies stipend under this program.
Eligible children are:
How to Apply
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VA began issuing payments under this benefit on August 1, 2010. This includes retroactive payments for eligible children enrolled during the period of August 1, 2009 through July 31, 2010.
Benefits for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship include:
For more information about the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, please visit the Veterans Affairs website.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry, 28, of Lorena, Texas, only had a week left in his Iraq tour in 2006 when he injured his hand. He was given the option of leaving Iraq after the injury and going home with a Bronze Star. He declined and volunteered to go on one last run to defuse bombs. After working seven more hours, Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry was killed March 8, 2006 by an improvised explosive device in Anbar province, Iraq.
He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.