What education benefits are available and what is the Sgt. Fry Scholarship?

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.   For more information, please visit:http://www.gibill.va.gov/post-911/other-programs/dea.html

The Fry Scholarship offers additional education choices to the surviving children of military personnel that have been killed in action.  Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry, 28, of Lorena, Texas, only had a week left in his Iraq tour in 2006 when he injured his hand. He was given the option of leaving Iraq after the injury and going home with a Bronze Star. He declined and volunteered to go on one last run to defuse bombs. After working seven more hours, Gunnery Sgt. Fry was killed March 8, 2006, by an improvised explosive device in Anbar province, Iraq. He left behind his widow and three small children.

Public Law 111-32, The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill to expand the benefit to children of fallen U.S. soldiers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

On May 1, 2010, VA began accepting applications for the Fry Scholarship. Please see the Fry Scholarship fact sheet :http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/fry_scholarship.pdf