What Military Dependent Benefits Can You Get After 21 Years of Age?


There are frequent issues concerning benefits that adult children of veterans may be qualified for benefits available to military families. Those who served in the military and have military dependent benefits after 21 years old often mistake the provisions extended to spousal benefits for military benefits. A few adjustments are as follows:

Healthcare Benefits Change

When adult dependent children turn 21 or 23 if enrolled in college, they lose regular TRICARE coverage. However, with TYA coverage, your child will be covered for medical and pharmacy needs until 26. The TRICARE Young Adult Program Fact Sheet can provide you with more information. 

A non-disabled military child under the age of 26 might be eligible for education benefits (and sometimes waivers for those over that age) if their parents were killed in combat. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) says that this also applies if the parent passed away from a service-related disability or has been ruled permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

Commissary Limits

The military has a strict definition of “dependent,” which rarely includes children of qualified shoppers over the age of 21 or married. It also excludes youngsters who do not receive most of their assistance from a qualified user. 

According to officials from the Department of Defense (DOD), if a military member is divorced and does not provide over half of his children’s support, his children do not have commissary privileges. Unmarried “children” over 21 can only use the commissary if they are mentally or physically incapable of supporting themselves. 

The diagnosis should have been given before they turned 21 or if they were still enrolled as a full-time student. Even then, full-time students can only utilize the commissary until they graduate.

Whether your newly turned adult child is still eligible for your military benefits can be confusing and disappointing. However, some provisions may still vary on a case-to-case basis. To understand when certain privileges will change, read the fine print. 

To understand which spousal or disability benefits apply to you, read through our resources at PAGuard today!

Leona Rankin
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