The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is focused on ensuring veterans are provided educational benefits. Despite its problems, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided educational benefits to thousands of veterans. The VA has now extended their educational focus to a whole new group of beneficiaries through a brand new program and scholarship.
Children of soldiers who died while on active duty since September 11, 2001 are now entitled to have their college tuition paid under the Fry Scholarship. The VA is now accepting applications for the scholarship which will be retroactive to August 1, 2009. Starting on their 18th birthdays, recipients have 15 years to use their benefits. According to VA estimates, almost 1500 soldiers’ children will be entitled for the scholarship in 2010.
2nd District Congressman Mike Michaud (Maine) is on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and chairs the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health. Along with many other people, Michaud believes this scholarship and access to education is the very least Congress can do to help those families of soldiers killed in the line of duty.
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship is named after a veteran who died in Iraq in 2006 attempting to disarm an explosive. Sergeant Fry left three children behind and inspired the development of this scholarship.
Benefits being offered to veterans are always being improved. It is a fairly new but important trend to expand the benefits being offered to the veterans’ families. This scholarship is the latest step in ensuring those soldiers paying the ultimate price for this country do so knowing their families will be taken care of in their absence.
Learn more about educational benefits for children of fallen soldiers.
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