How to Get Chapter 35 and CHAMPVA Benefits

Veterans’ rights attorneys assist with eligibility for education and healthcare

With the spiraling costs of higher education and health services, you want your family to get every advantage under the law. Dependents of eligible veterans can receive educational assistance under Chapter 35 of the U. S. Code, and may purchase affordable healthcare coverage through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). If you have questions about eligibility for yourself or your children, the veterans’ attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban can help.

What educational benefits are available under U.S.C. Chapter 35?

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Assistance Program, established under Chapter 35, provides funding for education and vocational training for dependents of disabled vets and those who died while on active duty or as the result of a service-related condition. Benefits are good for up to 45 months and can be applied to degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships and on-the-job training, as well as correspondence courses. Full-time benefits include:

  • $1,003 a month for institutional training or correspondence courses
  • $732 a month for the first six months for apprenticeship and on-the-job training, with reduced benefits thereafter
  • $807 a month for farm cooperative training
  • $1,003 a month for special restorative training

Funds for part-time education and training are also available. Interested parties must apply through the Veterans Administration. Our veterans’ attorneys assist in filing applications and appealing denials of eligibility.

Obtaining affordable healthcare for your family through CHAMPVA

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs is a comprehensive, low-deductible healthcare program that complies with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To be eligible for CHAMPVA you must be ineligible for TRICARE, the Department of Defense healthcare program for active duty and retired service members, and you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Spouse or child of a permanently, totally disabled veteran whose disability is service related
  • Surviving spouse or child of a veteran whose death resulted from a service-related disability or who died while rated permanently, totally disabled from a service-related condition
  • Surviving spouse or child of a service member who died in the line of duty

For many families, the most difficult aspect of establishing eligibility is obtaining a permanent determination of the veteran’s disability rating, either through 100 percent of the schedule or total disability based on individual employability (TDIU). At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we are determined to see you through the application and appeal process so you get the full benefits to which you are entitled.

Call today to get started on your application for Chapter 35 and CHAMPVA benefits

Educational assistance and affordable healthcare is a right that disabled veterans have earned for their families. Our experienced VA disability attorneys cut through administrative red tape to help you get the benefits you deserve. Call toll free at 866-866-VETS or contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online to schedule a free consultation.