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Virginia Military Survivors & Dependents Education Program

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program
The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. (Scroll over highlighted text for additional information or see the note below). Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941.

  • NOTE: A Veteran’s 90-100% disability must have been directly caused by the Veteran’s involvement in: 1) military operations against terrorism; 2) a peacekeeping mission; 3) a terrorist act 4) an armed conflict subsequent to December 6, 1941. The service connected disability cannot simply have been incurred during active duty service that coincides with one of the listed events/missions.

The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months.

VMSDEP Online Application

The Veteran Education Training & Employment (VETE) division of DVS is pleased to offer a new VMSDEP online application process.  Applications for the VMSDEP entitlement will only be accepted via the online application portal. Please call (804) 225-2083 should you have any questions about submitting an application online.

Due to the Department of Veterans Affairs digitization of Servicemember and Veteran’s records, we are often unable to access the appropriate records in a timely fashion. In order to alleviate potential delays in VMSDEP application processing, please fax the listed documentation to our office at (804) 786-0809:

  • Relevant Service Treatment Records (STRs)
  • Documentation related Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
  • Department of Defense Form Number 214, Member Copy 4  (DD-214)
  • Veterans Administration Rating Decision Narratives for adjudicated claims
  • Marriage License (for spouse applicants)
  • Birth Certificate (for dependent applicants)

We may also need to access information held by Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) if the Department of Veterans Services has not been designated as the qualifying Veteran’s VSO. In this instance, please complete the form below and fax to (804) 786-0809 with the documentation requested above.

Information Release Authorization

Processing of the VMSDEP application submission will begin with the receipt of all of the requested document.

Click on the application link below to proceed:

Online Application »


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, children and spouses of qualifying veteran service members must meet the following requirements:

  • The dependent child must be between the ages 16 and 29 inclusively; there is no age restriction for spouses
  • The qualifying military service member must be a current Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia presently and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission or must have entered military service as a citizen of Virginia
  • In the case of a deceased qualifying military service member, the surviving spouse can meet the residency requirements contingent upon:
    1. Having been a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia for five consecutive years prior to marrying the military service member or
    2. Presently being a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission

Required Documentation

In most cases, eligibility will be determined using documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the veteran or surviving spouse may be asked to provide documentation verifying residency or the applicant’s age or relationship. State income tax records, birth certificates, and/or marriage certificates are usually sufficient.

Wartime Service

Name Dates

Military Operations:

United Nations Peacekeeping Missions:

To learn more about the VMSDEP program

Contact Information

Phone: (804) 225-2083
Fax: (804) 786-0809



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