Thank you for the information, it was very helpful. However, my daughter is 16 and will be attending college in 2 yrs. My husband just recently passed so there was no time for "banking" the current benefit. It looks like this law has not been revisited since 1981 and really needs to be looked at again. Children are still dependents as full time college students, the costs are even more not including the tuition. It seems that is the time that the widow(er) is in need of the assistance the most. In reading the history of the law...technology has changed and some of the issues that were associated with the past law do not exist any longer. The child support program is an example of being able to track eligibility and fraud and the Veterans Admin has a program that can be looked at that ranges to age 26.
One additional note - I know people that have been on unemployment longer than my child would be in school. I plan to get a face to face with my Congressman to discuss and I'm sure there has to be a lobbyist group out there that is working on this. If anyone knows of any groups, organizations that are trying to expand the child definition for survivor benefits please let me know.
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