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2011 Florida Statutes

SECTION 01
Children of deceased or disabled veterans; spouses of deceased or disabled servicemembers; education.
F.S. 295.01
295.01 Children of deceased or disabled veterans; spouses of deceased or disabled servicemembers; education.
(1) It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state to provide educational opportunity at state expense for dependent children either of whose parents entered the Armed Forces and:
(a) Died as a result of service-connected injuries, disease, or disability sustained while on active duty; or
(b) Has been:
1. Determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor to have a service-connected 100-percent total and permanent disability rating for compensation;
2. Determined to have a service-connected total and permanent disability rating of 100 percent and is in receipt of disability retirement pay from any branch of the United States Armed Services; or
3. Issued a valid identification card by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in accordance with s. 295.17,

when the parents of such children have been residents of the state for 1 year immediately preceding the death or occurrence of such disability, and subject to the rules, restrictions, and limitations set forth in this section.

(2) It is also the declared policy of this state to provide educational opportunity at state expense for spouses of deceased or disabled servicemembers.
(a) The unremarried spouse of a deceased servicemember, as defined in s. 250.01, qualifies for the benefits under this section:
1. If the servicemember and his or her spouse had been residents of the state for 1 year immediately preceding the servicemember’s death and the servicemember’s death occurred under the circumstances provided in subsection (1); and
2. If the unremarried spouse applies to use the benefit within 5 years after the servicemember’s death.
(b) The dependent spouse of a disabled servicemember, as defined in s. 250.01, qualifies for the benefits under this section:
1. If the servicemember and his or her spouse have been married to each other for 1 year; and
2. If the servicemember and his or her spouse have been residents of the state for 1 year immediately preceding the occurrence of the servicemember’s disability and the disability meets the criteria set forth in subsection (1); and
3. Only during the duration of the marriage and up to the point of termination of the marriage by dissolution or annulment.

All rules, restrictions, and limitations set forth in this section shall apply.

(3) Sections 295.03, 295.04, 295.05, and 1009.40 shall apply.
(4) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for administering this section.
History.s. 1, ch. 20966, 1941; s. 1, ch. 21655, 1943; s. 1, ch. 28195, 1953; s. 1, ch. 67-455; s. 16, ch. 69-180; s. 1, ch. 82-93; s. 2, ch. 83-71; s. 12, ch. 84-114; s. 11, ch. 87-356; s. 21, ch. 88-290; s. 25, ch. 89-207; s. 6, ch. 93-268; s. 20, ch. 95-143; s. 6, ch. 2000-294; s. 948, ch. 2002-387; s. 6, ch. 2004-230; s. 1, ch. 2005-127; s. 1, ch. 2006-244.