THSC quickly responded when Veterans Affairs (VA) denied a home school family benefits, even though their high school student was still studying as a home schooler. The VA wrongly claimed the daughter ineligible because she was not enrolled in school and was over 18 years of age. After the member family, trying to fulfill formal requirements, wrote a statement on the home school family’s letterhead to officially explain their daughter’s education, they were still denied benefits.
At that point, the family had no other “official” options to confirm their daughter’s attendance so they contacted THSC. THSC President Tim Lambert wrote a letter to the agency to satisfy the request for an “official” statement verifying the daughter’s enrollment.
In the letter, the issue was further clarified as THSC explained to the VA that students in Texas currently under home school instruction are considered in attendance for school even after their eighteenth birthday. It is unfortunate that organizations providing important benefits are unaware of the policies governing Texas families. However, THSC exists to provide assistance to families in these exact situations.
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