(1) It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state to provide educational opportunity
at state expense for the dependent children of any servicemember who died or suffered
a service-connected 100-percent total and permanent disability rating for compensation
as determined by the Veterans Administration, or who has been 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,
while participating in a Multinational Peace Keeping Force in Lebanon during the period
from September 17, 1982, through February 3, 1984, inclusive, or as a participant
in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada during the period from October 23, 1983, through
November 2, 1983, inclusive, which servicemember was residing in the state during
those periods of military action. A certified copy of a death certificate, a valid identification card issued in accordance
with the provisions of s. 295.17, a letter certifying the service-connected 100-percent total and permanent disability
rating for compensation from the Veterans Administration, or a letter certifying the
service-connected total and permanent disability rating of 100 percent for retirement
pay from any branch of the United States Armed Services shall be prima facie evidence
of the fact that the dependent children of the servicemember are eligible for such
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