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Disabled Veterans' Spouses and Children Eligible for Some Benefits

family veterans disability benefitsA disabled veterans is not the only individual in their family who may be eligible for government benefits if a veterans' disability application is approved. A spouse and children of the veteran could be eligible for benefits if the applicant meets the definition of "totally and permanently disabled." In order to prove the validity of marriage and family lineage, the veteran should include a copy of their marriage certificate and copies of their children's birth certificates when submitting their disability application. Our North Carolina veterans disability attorneys provide more details about paperwork needed for veterans disability applications.

Some of the benefits a spouse and children may qualify for include:

Educational counseling, reimbursements, compensation. Qualifying individuals may receive three years and nine months of service through the VA's Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA) program. This could include monthly payments (as of this writing $1,021 for full-time students). In additional some folks may qualify for scholarships. The Fry Scholarship will cover 100% tuition at public institutions, and up to $21,084.89 annually at private institutions, plus $1,000 annual for book supplies, plus a monthly housing allowance (as of this writing). Special deadlines and other factors may affect eligibility--connect with one of our veterans disability attorneys to learn more.

Vocational counseling. Use these benefits to help discover optimal career options and choices.

Health care benefits. A disabled veteran's spouse remains eligible for Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs as long as they remain married. Children share this eligibility until age 18, and can continue qualifying until age 23 if they are unmarried and enrolled in school full-time. Adult children of any age with special needs could be eligible.