Spouses and children of disabled Veterans are entitled to important benefits, including income, health care, and educational programs. A dependent’s eligibility to receive these benefits is correlated to a Veteran’s disability rating.
REE Medical strives to offer unbiased information to Veterans and their dependents, empowering them with the information they need to successfully access the benefits they are entitled to.
Income Benefits for Disabled Veterans, Their Spouses and Dependents
Veterans who have a disability rating of at least 30% and have a spouse and/or dependents will receive an increase in VA compensation.
Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans’ Spouses and Children: VA’s DEA Program
Through the VA’s Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program, spouses and children of Veterans with a 100% disability rating can receive up to 36 months of educational benefits. Spouses can use these benefits for up to 10 years from the date the VA deems the Veteran permanently disabled. Unmarried or married children between the ages of 18 and 26 are eligible.
The DEA’s monthly payments can help cover the cost of the following:
- Under and graduate degree programs
- Career-training certificate courses
- Educational and career counseling
- Apprenticeships and on-the-job training
Benefits by state can vary. To find your state, view our blog posts here for more information.
Those eligible need to fill out the Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits and submit it to the VA Regional Office where you plan to attend school or training.
Enhancing Healthcare Coverage: CHAMPVA Benefits for Families of Disabled Veterans
Spouses and dependents of Veterans with a 100% disability rating are eligible for health care benefits through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA).
A fee-for-service, secondary insurance program, CHAMPVA allows caregivers to access VA health care services and private doctors who contract through the program. Eligibility requirements include:
- The spouse or child of a Veteran who has been rated permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability by a VA regional office.
- The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who died from a VA-rated service-connected disability.
- The surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time death rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability.
- The surviving spouse or child of a service member who died in the line of duty, not because of misconduct (in most of these cases, these family members are eligible for TRICARE, not CHAMPVA).
- The approved primary family caregiver of a Veteran, participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.
To enroll in CHAMPVA, participants must fill out a VA Form 10-10d.
Having the most accurate rating is not only beneficial to you but for your dependents as well. Reach out to our team to see if REE Medical’s services are a fit for you.