DEA (Chapter 35)

This chapter provides benefits to dependents of certain Veterans. The eligibility process includes:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.
  • VA determined has a service-connected permanent and total disability
  • At the time of the VA’s determination is a member of the Armed Forces who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services or treatment and is likely to be discharged or released from service for this service-connected disability.
Should you be eligible for up to 45 months with these educational benefits:
  1. Apply to Xavier University.
  2. Fill out the VA Form 22-5490, Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits and submit it to the VA Regional Office in your State.
  3. Upon acceptance by Xavier, email Advisor (Patricia Meyer) at to inquire about your class options.
  4. Email Certification Form and Class Schedule to Financial Aid Officer (Laura Stith) at
  5. Email the Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs (Chris Klug) at to inform him that you have completed the application process.

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