Posted: April 4th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Va Gi bill Post 9/11 | No Comments »
Post 9/11 Va Gi bill
It is an amendment in GI bill, which was signed by President Obama and came into law in July 2008. The new GI bill came into effect from August 1, 2009 which is primarily meant for some new educational benefits for the Veteran service persons. This is applicable for the veterans who have served the armed forces for not less than 90 days since 9/11. Benefits under post 9/11 GI bill are calculated on the basis of number of days of active service in armed forces.
VA department is now accepting applications for the post 9/11 GI bill. If you are a veteran, you can now submit your application to get eligible for the same. Once the VA receives your application, they will verify it and issue a Certificate of Eligibility if you are found to be eligible for it. You need to apply for post 9/11 GI bill benefits on VA form 22-1990.
Details of the Bill
Post 9/11 GI bill contains the benefit for the veterans to pursue their secondary education, graduation and other technical courses conducted by accredited colleges and institutions.
The education benefits are as follows;
- Full Tuition fee coverage
- A monthly stipend
- $1000 for books and other educational aids
- Transfer facility of benefits to family members
- Other educational benefits
Tuition and Fees
Once you get eligible for the educational benefits under this bill, your tuition fee will be borne by VA. Full coverage of your tuition fee will depend upon the number of years of your active service in armed forces since 9/11.
Yellow Ribbon Program: – The new post 9/11 GI bill covers the additional fee which is above the normal fee structure of a particular state .This is called Yellow Ribbon Program. New GI bill takes care of the additional fee charged by the educational institutions.
To get qualified to receive the benefits under post 9/11 GI scheme, you need to meet certain criteria;
- You need to serve the armed forces for at least 36 months post 9/11
- You should have a clear record of discharge from the service due to disability connected to service and served a minimum period of continuous 30 days after sept -10, 2001.
- You need to be dependent that is eligible for transfer of Entitlement under post 9/11GI bill.
Monthly Living Stipend
If you are a veteran or member of National Guard, you may be eligible for a monthly stipend as house allowance. Average stipend is $1350 per month and it can vary considering some other factors. A veteran student need not have to stay in college campus since he receives this benefit. This benefit is applicable for veterans who do a full time course in accredited institutions.
Book and Supply Allowance
If you are a veteran who wish to pursue studies, VA will provide you a book allowance of $1000 annually. This is term benefit which is paid at the beginning of the term. From Ist Oct-2011, all active service members have also become eligible for this book stipend.
Veterans are eligible for a one-time relocation allowance of $500 to meet the cost of relocation from their home town to the institution where he/she get enrolled.
One-Time Relocation Allowance
You may also receive a one-time rural relocation benefit payment of $500.00 to help cover the cost of relocating from a rural location to attend school. VA did set a distance criterion to be eligible for this benefit (500 miles)
Transfer of Benefits:
Department of Defense allows the veterans or service members to transfer their benefits to his spouse if they served the force for a minimum period of 6years on or after Aug-I of 2009 and agree to serve the armed forces for another 4 years. On completion of ten years of service, they can transfer their benefits to their dependents (Spouse or Children).
Posted: April 4th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benefits of VA GI Bill | No Comments »
Benefits of VA GI Bill
GI bill was a revolutionary out break of legislation passed by the department of Veteran Affairs of the US post II world war. It was intended to help the veterans integrate back into American society. It was considered as a forerunner of many more bills which were introduced to assist Veterans. GiI bill was not just to bring them back, lending a mere helping hand to them; rather it was a part of the complete rehabilitation process for the belligerent soldiers who fought fiercelessly for their motherland. Gi bill benefits are given under the Montgomery GI bill which is slightly different from the original GI bill in its operational side but with lot more benefits attached.
A Brief History:
VA GI bill was introduced in the year 1944 under the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act. It is commonly known as GI bill of right. It was introduced and passed by the authorities in the light of the past bitter experience the veterans had after World War –I. The veterans were simply discharged with just a train ticket and some amount of pocket money. Most of them had a hectic time post world war-I service. They found it very difficult to find a dwelling and a job to keep their pot boiling. They were left with no option but to bring their hardship to the notice of the authorities by way of organizing a march requesting to protect their basic rights. That resulted in gathering a huge public support for the veterans. Resultantly, the authorities had to take it up seriously and paved a way for this historic bill.
VA Gi bill offered the veterans a wide range of benefits from health care to home buying facilities. Under this bill, Veterans discharged as full –time member of Defense service (Air force, Army, Cost Guard) and they were eligible for VA GI benefits. Department of Veterans Affairs of the US takes care of their benefits.
1. Health care benefits
Veterans are eligible for healthcare benefits under GI bill upon discharge from military service. The basic criteria are based on their term of defense service. VA benefits are given if one was discharged from military service due to a disability occurred while in service or if he/she served in combat in the last five years of service in military.
2. Post 9/11 Benefits
Post 9/11 GI bill offers veterans the educational benefits to complete their secondary education. They are required to complete it within 15 years of their discharge from military service. This educational benefit under VA gi bill offers opportunity to do undergraduate /graduate courses for veterans. Gi bill has been added with the benefit of pursuing vocational training at vocational training schools and vocational flight training institutes with on the job training facilities for veterans.
Home Loan Facilities
Va Gi bill offers home loan facilities to veterans with zero initial payments. Most of the veteran service members will get qualified for this loan guarantee facility. Normally VA is not authorized to instruct a lender to sanction loan guarantee but the lenders provide it following the VA credit standards.
If situation demands, a veteran can get qualified for disability compensation or a military pension. There are lots of other benefits for the spouse and family members of deceased veteran under Va Gi bill. Veterans are eligible for group insurance benefits too if they apply within 120 days of their discharge from the service. In the US, there is a specially designed program called VET SUCCESS PROGRAM which helps the veterans find jobs and get trained through vocational training centers.