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Veterans of Foreign Wars
Claims Office

Tom Hanson
Claims Director

Lynette Watts
Assistant Claims Director

184 Wipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive
St. Paul, MN55111
(612) 970-5669
Mon-Fri 7 AM-3:30 PM

Gordy Kirk
VFW Hospital Representative

Minneapolis VAMC
(612) 725-2000 ext. 4448
Mon-Fri 8 AM-12:30 PM


Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance

What Is Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance ?

Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance is an education benefit for the spouses and children of certain veterans. Eligible persons can receive up to 45 months of benefits for:

  • College, Business, Technical or Vocational Courses
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Correspondence Courses (Spouses Only)
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Who is Eligible?

You may be eligible if the veteran

  • is found by VA to be totally and permanently disabled from a service-related disability, OR
  • died because of a service-related disability
  • AND
  • you meet one of the following conditions: you are married to the veteran, OR
  • you are the deceased veteran's surviving spouse, and you haven't remarried, OR
  • you are the veteran's child and you're at least 18 years old.
  • Generally, you must use this benefit within the following time periods:
  • spouse/surviving spouse: 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible
  • child: until age 26
  • Note: These time limits can be extended under certain circumstances. Call for details.
  • How Much Does VA Pay ?

The amount VA pays is based on the type of training program you're in, and your training ~ time. In most cases, benefits are paid monthly. For example, VA pays $860 monthly for full-time training at a college or university. If your attendance is less than full-time, payments are reduced proportionately.

How Can I Apply?

You can apply by filling out VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance.

Related Benefits

Special Benefits for Children with Disabilities
Educational Counseling Services
Education Loans (Spouses Only)
Tutorial Assistance
Work-Study Benefits


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