Here are some frequently asked questions around the Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP). Please note these links will take you off site. Make sure to bookmark our site and share it with friends!
As a VEAP participant, you are eligible to receive a refund of the unused money that you contributed to the program. To receive a refund you will need to complete a VA Form 22-5281, Application For Refund of Education Contributions(VEAP, Chapter 32, Title 38, U.S.C.) and mail it to your nearest VA Regional Office.
Currently, there is no opportunity for VEAP (Chapter 32) participants to convert to the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30).
The military has had "open seasons" where service members were able to convert their VEAP eligibility to Montgomery GIBill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) eligibility; the most recent open season ended on October 31, 2001.
VEAP (Chapter 32) is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. You must have made original contributions prior to April 1, 1987, and you could make a maximum contribution of $2700 to your account.
Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not maintain records of veterans' military service, except as is necessary for providing benefits. For information about obtaining your military record, please visit the Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.