VA education programs there for you
Hello Military Community,
As mentioned in last week’s column, there are several educational benefits provided by the VA, as well as other resources to make it easier for you to achieve your goals. Remember, programs are offered for not only those who served but also for eligible family members of veterans. This week I will be giving brief descriptions of the various VA education benefit programs.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill – Provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. It can be used ONLY at institutions of higher learning and can pay up to the maximum tuition and fees charged in an undergraduate program at state colleges. If you are attending at least one class in a classroom, you may be entitled to receive a housing allowance equal to the military BAH for an E-5 with dependents. You could also receive a yearly stipend of up to $1,000 for books and supplies. You have 15 years from your last discharge from active duty to use your benefits. http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/.
Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty: Provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those who have served on active duty. This bill can generally be used to pursue a degree or for certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeships/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html.
Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve: This may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. This includes all branches of the Reserve and Army and Air Force National Guard. This benefit may generally be used to pursue a degree or for certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeships/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program: This Department of Defense Education Benefit Program is designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the president or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, are either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/reap.html.
Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program: Provides education and training opportunities to eligible family members of veterans who are permanently disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, and apprenticeships/on-the-job training. http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html.
Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program: The program is available if you first entered active duty between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the government. This benefit may generally be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeships/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/veap.html.
If you have any questions regarding any of these programs, feel free to shoot me an email or contact your base education director. Best wishes from my family to yours.
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