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Surviving spouses soon to get tuition benefit

By Travis J. Tritten, Stars & Stripes: WASHINGTON — An overhaul of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs means new education benefits will kick in next month for the spouses of servicemembers who died since 9/11 in the line of duty, according to the department.

Surviving spouses will be eligible Nov. 3 for the Fry Scholarship — named Marine Gunnery Sgt. John David Fry, who was killed in Iraq in 2006 — which includes payment of tuition and fees, a housing allowance and a stipend for books and school supplies. The benefit has previously only been available to children of fallen troops. Read Full Article here:  http://www.stripes.com/news/surviving-spouses-soon-to-get-tuition-benefit-1.309418