Lost GI Bill Benefits

Eligibility

The GI Bill is a great benefit to have, if you meet the eligibility requirements.  This article will explain how to maximize your GI Bill benefits, so that you do not lose them. Any veteran that has served at least 90 days on active duty since September 10, 2001, and has received an honorable discharge can apply for GI Bill benefits.

In order to receive the full benefit, one must have served at least 36 months on active duty after September 10, 2001.  If you do not meet the service requirements for the full benefit, do not worry as you may still qualify for a portion of it.  The following chart from gibill.va.gov explains GI Bill eligibility:

 Member Serves

Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable

At least 36 months

100%

At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability

100%

At least 30 months, but less than 36 months

90%

At least 24 months, but less than 30 months

80%

At least 18 months, but less than 24 months

70%

At least 12 months, but less than 18 months

60%

At least 06 months, but less than 12 months

50%

Time Limitations

With the Montgomery GI Bill, you have 10 years from your discharge date to use the benefits.  The Post 9/11 GI Bill gives you 15 years from the date of your discharge to use benefits.  It is important to know that you must complete your degree within this time, or you will have to apply for an extension if you meet the requirements.

Service Academy and ROTC Graduates

Officers who graduated from a Service Academy, or received a ROTC scholarship can still apply for GI Bill benefits.  Although service obligations incurred from a Service Academy or ROTC do not count towards the 3 year service requirement needed to receive full GI Bill benefits.

What’s Next?

To have the Department of Veterans Affairs determine your eligibility, visit gibill.va.gov and complete the Veterans On-line Application (VONAPP).  In the meantime, continue reading this site, as more articles explaining your GI Bill benefits in depth are to come.

 

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