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VA - Education - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Education/Training > VA - Education - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)


Program Description:

The DEA program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.


General Program Requirements:

You must be a son, daughter, or spouse of a:

  • Veteran who is permanently and totally disabled as the result of, or dies of, a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of or be aggravated by active service.
  • Veteran with a permanent and total service-connected disability who dies from any cause.
  • Service member who died on active duty in the line of duty.
  • Service member who is missing in action, captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
Reservists and National Guard members who are activated for Federal service OR who die/become disabled while on training status are considered veterans.

Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considered to be active duty members and veterans, once discharged.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.


Program Contact Information:

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact us in the following ways:

Our Web site (click on "Ask A Question") at:

1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)


For the hearing impaired, please call:


Managing Agency:

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

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