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CHAPTER 30 – MONTGOMERY GI BILL®

  • Veterans and service members who have at least 2 years of active duty.
  • Eligibility generally expires 10 years after service member’s discharge.
  • Must have high school diploma, equivalency certificate, or have completed 12 hours toward college degree prior to applying.
  • Maximum number of months veterans can receive payment is 36 at the full-time rate.

CHAPTER 1606 – MONTGOMERY GI BILL® – SELECTED RESERVE

  • Members of reserve elements of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, and members of the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
  • May be entitled to up to 36 months of benefits – generally end the day reservist or National Guard member separates from military
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • A six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve or National Guard
    • Completed initial active duty for training (IADT)
    • Have high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT
    • Remaining in good standing in unit
    • Reserve component determines eligibility for benefits

CHAPTER 1607 – REAP (RESERVE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)

  • Members of Reserve components or National Guard ordered to active duty service in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress
  • Eligibility determined by Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security
  • Service member who serves on active duty for a least 90 consecutive days on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  • Eligibility generally expires 10 years after separation

CHAPTER 33 – POST 9/11 GI BILL®

  • Education benefits for Service members and Veterans who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001
  • Must serve at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 and remain on active duty or be honorably discharged
  • Eligibility expires 15 years from the last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days
  • Irrevocable election of other education benefits must be made to receive benefits

CHAPTER 31 – VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT (VR&E)

  • Provides services to eligible Service members and Veterans with service-connected disabilities
  • Veteran must have a VA service-connected disability rated at least 20% with an employment handicap, or rated 10% with a serious employment handicap
  • Veteran works with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to determine eligibility
  • Basic period of eligibility is 12 years

CHAPTER 35 – SURVIVORS’ & DEPENDENTS” EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

  • Educational Assistance to the spouse or child of a Service member or Veteran
    • Who either died of a service-connected disability, or who has permanent and total service-connected disability, or who died while such a disability existed.
    • Service member listed for more than 90 days as currently Missing in Action, detained or interned by a foreign government or power, or captured by a hostile force while serving
    • Service member is hospitalized or receives outpatient care or treatment for a disability that is determined to be totally and permanently disabling
    • Period of eligibility for Veterans’ spouses expires 10 years from either the date of the Veteran’s death or the date they become eligible – Eligibility for spouses of Service members who died on active duty expires 20 years from date of death
    • Children generally must be between the ages of 18 and 26 to receive benefits
  • Benefits are paid for full-time training up to 45 months or the equivalent in part-time training.
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