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By Thomas Crisp Contributing Columnist

February 21. 2015

The VA Fry Scholarship Program has undergone a few changes which surviving families should be aware of. This scholarship is available for children and spouses of active duty service members who die in the line of duty on or after 9/11/01.

Highlighted changes include:

• Eligible spouses and children may receive 36-months of full in state tuition, a housing stipend, and a book allowance.

• Children can use the benefit until they turn 33.

• Spouses have 15 years from the date of the service member’s death to use the benefit; eligibility is voided upon remarriage.

• Spouse DIC will not be impacted by use of the Fry Scholarship. However, children cannot simultaneously receive both benefits.

You can apply for the Fry Scholarship online at For more details on these changes and any further questions on education benefits, contact TAPS Education Support Services at or call toll free 1-800-959-8277.

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Know Your Employment Rights: A Guide for Veterans

This 8-page booklet is the work of the Kentucky affiliate of the Southeast ADA Center

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Over the past decade, millions of veterans have returned from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have returned with disabilities. It is estimated that nearly 40,000 men and women veterans have a service-related disability. Disabilities include such things as the loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries, hearing and vision loss, severe burns, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

As a veteran with a disability, you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a civil rights act, enacted in 1990, that guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities and rights to participate in life activities as any other citizen. There are ADA regulations governing employment, access to goods and services provided by businesses, equal access and participation in state and local government programs and services.

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