Veterans Education Benefits - Veterans Affairs Office

The Veterans Administration is authorized by law to provide a wide range of benefits to those who have served their country in the Armed Forces and to their dependents. These are some of the benefits you may be eligible for while attending Ohlone College:

The New Post 9/11 GI Bill

The President just recently signed the new Post 9/11 GI Bill. Currently the Veterans Affairs Office plans on starting payments on this new GI-Bill on August 2009. There is still much work to be done between various agencies such a Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, etc.

As we get new information about the new GI Bill, it will be posted. Please be patient and check on this site.

  • President Bush has signed into law the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Review the Fact Sheet (PDF) for additional information. Check back often for updates.
  • More information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill from Military.com
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  • Are you currently receiving the GI Bill or will be this year and concerned about issues such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill wont start paying until Aug. 2009 or that currently the new Post 9/11 GI Bill wont have retro. pay for those who will be eligible for it and are currently going to college.......Write to your Elected Representative.. Your voice is very important! Find your representative.

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Confused About the New GI Bill? by Military.com

Now that the new "Post-9/11 GI Bill" has been signed by the president, and this could mean a big change to your education benefits. Check out the New GI Bill Overview and find out how the new bill might help you reach your education goals.

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, Chapter 30

The Montgomery GI Bill establishes a program of educational benefits for eligible persons entering military service after June 30, 1985. Military pay is reduced each month for the first 12 months of active duty in order to establish an educational fund.

The maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits. The VA determines monthly benefit rates.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606

To be eligible for educational assistance a person must have a 6-year obligation to serve in the selected reserve signed after June 30, 1985. Maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits, which terminate 10 years from the date of eligibility or the day following separation from a reserve component.

Montgomery GI Bill - Activated Reservists, Chapter 1607

The new benefit, Chapter 1607, makes certain individuals who were activated after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. The Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and VA are working on an implementation plan for this new benefit, REAP payments are currently being processed but there is a large backlog

You will receive 36 months of full time entitlement at your given rate. A Chapter 1607 participant may not use more than 48 months of entitlement under any combination of VA Educational programs. For example, if you’ve already used 20 months of Chapter 1606, you will only receive 28 months of Chapter 1607. That’s 36 months at the full time training rate.

VEAP, Chapter 32

The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) provides benefits to individuals who initially entered active duty after December 31, 1976, and while serving on active duty voluntarily contributed to an educational assistance fund. Maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits. Benefits terminate 10 years from the date of discharge. The VA determines monthly benefit rates.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

For more information, visit the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Survivors & Dependents, Chapter 35

Survivors and dependents of a veteran may be eligible for benefits if the veteran died while on active duty, died after discharge from active duty of a service-connected disability, is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, or listed as missing in action for a total of more than 90 days. Eligible persons are entitled to a maximum of 45 months of full-time benefits. Payments are usually provided for children between the ages of 18 and 26.

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