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Education and Training

Survivors and Dependent Assistance

There are two main GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:


  • The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) The Fry Scholarship program is currently available for children of those who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Effective January 1, 2015 this benefit will be extended to surviving spouses.

  • The Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) Program The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

For information on transferability of the Post-9/11 GI Bill click here.