Educational aid extended to dependents of firefighters

Educational aid extended to dependents of firefighters

Effective September 14, 1999, educational financial assistance became available to dependents of federal firefighters and state and local public safety officers killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. Benefits will be available under Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance (FLEDA) following changes made by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to the 1998 Law on Federal Law Enforcement. education of police, firefighters and emergency personnel. The changes expand the LEDA program to allow these payments under the Public Safety Officer Benefit Program.

Previously, the FLDA program provided financial assistance for higher education only to dependents of federal law enforcement officials killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. From now on, these educational benefits will be available to the spouses and children of all public security officers killed or permanently and totally disabled in the performance of their duties, and for whom a request has been approved under the benefits program. public security officers. Payment will be made only for participation in an approved educational program at higher education institutions. For more information, contact Ashton Flemmings, Chief, Public Safety Officer Benefits Office, 810 7th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20531; (202) 307-0635 or (888) 744-6513.

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