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The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA, Chapter 35) provides educational benefits to spouses and children of veterans who either died while in service, died as a result of a service-connected disability, or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service.

Effective 8/1/2018, the DEA program entitlement was reduced from 45 months to 36 months for first time users. Individuals who first enrolled in a program of education prior to August 1, 2018, would still qualify for a maximum of 45 months of entitlement. 

For more information on Chapter 35 benefits, please visit the Veterans Affairs website or call VA at 1-800-MyVA411.

Announcement page

JMU Chapter 35 Brochure

VMSDEP Benefits at JMU

VA Benefits for Spouses, Dependents, Survivors and Family Caregivers - comprehensive list of available VA benefits for spouses, dependents and survivors. 

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