You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
Period of Eligibility
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. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit. If you are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military service, your discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions. VA can extend your period of eligibility by the number of months and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension cannot generally go beyond your 31 birthday, there are some exceptions.
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. If the VA rated the veteran permanently and totally disabled with an effective date of 3 years from discharge a spouse will remain eligible for 20 years from the effective date of the rating. This change is effective October 10, 2008 and no benefits may be paid for any training taken prior to that date.
For surviving spouses (spouses of service members who died on active duty) benefits end 20 years from the date of death.
If you are applying for the Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (federal benefits) for the first time:
If you have received VA education assistance at VHCC previously:
If you have received VA education assistance previously at another college or university but not at VHCC:
To Apply for the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program:
Contact Information for Virginia Military Survivor and Dependent Education Program
Department of Veterans Services - Veterans Benefits
1351 Hershberger Road NW Suite 220
Roanoke, VA 24012