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Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance)

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Basic Facts of Chapter 35 VA Education Benefit Program

Minimum Eligibility Requirement Veteran's death or permanent and total disability as a result of service

Maximum # of Months of Benefits



45 months (Colmery Act- 36 months)


81 months maximum if combined with one or more program

Duration of Benefits

8 years - children (ages 18-26)

10 years - Spouse

20 years - Spouses of Veterans rated permanent and total disabled within 3 years of discharge or death on active duty

How Payments are Made Benefits paid directly to student

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