October 6, 2006, Newsletter Issue #34: The DEA: A Little-Known Dependent Education Benefit

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The Dependents Educational Assistance plan or DEA was designed to help dependents of veterans in specific circumstances, including POW and MIAs, and those either totally disabled or totally disabled vets who have passed away. This veteran benefit is not automatic, it must be applied for through your local VA office by filing a claim for benefits.

Spouses and children who meet the requirements are eligible for the DEA veteran benefit. Once approved, 45 months of DEA benefits are authorized, which include payment rates based on the GI Bill payment chart for full and part time enrollment into eligible schools.

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