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Chapter 35

Chapter 35 — Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance

For children and spouses of veterans who died or were permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must have arisen out of active service in the Armed Forces. Veterans who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence, service person missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or service person forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power may qualify through Chapter 35.


  • 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 son or daughter and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26
  • If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran
  • For more information go to Chapter 35 Benefits Chart