Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents & Survivors, v2014 (Downloadable Version - Complete Book)
Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Some of these benefits may be utilized while on active duty. These benefits are codified in Title 38 of the United States Code. This booklet contains a summary of these benefits effective Jan. 1, 2013. For additional information, visit www.va.gov.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill®. provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
Review the information below to apply for VA educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. (Chapter 33) at KCC.
Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the latest information about the program. Veterans who are currently eligible for another VA education benefit and want to use Post-9/11 benefits must make an irrevocable election to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. rather than their current program. For information about remaining months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®., call 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551).
Current and former members of the armed services or eligible dependents for Post-9/11 benefits and are classified as nonresidents for fee paying purposes may be eligible for this program if one of the criteria listed below is satisfied:
- Honorably discharged veterans who served a minimum of 36 months of active-duty after September 10, 2001
- Honorably discharged veterans with a 30 percent or more service connected disability and who served a minimum of 30 active-duty days after September 10, 2001.
NOTE: Availability is based on first come first serve. The STUDENT must enroll in the program before the beginning of each semester to ensure they are guaranteed benefits under the yellow Ribbon program.
Veteran's Eligibility form will state if the student is eligible, based on all factors.
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Pamphlet
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selective Reserve. The selective Reserve includes the Army Reserve. Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.
You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available under certain circumstances.
Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selective Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.
You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
Your eligibility for this program usually ends on the day you leave the Selective Reserve.
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program 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 as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11,2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher course may be approved under certain circumstances.
Participants can choose from the following incentives:
- bonus of $5,000 or
- Repayment of a qualifying student loan not to exceed $18,000 or
- Entitlement to an allowance equal to the three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill® Active-Duty rate for 12 months or
- Entitlement to an allowance equal to 50 percent of the less than three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill®. Active duty rate for 36 months.
There is a three-tiered service requirement to qualify for incentives under the National Call to Service Program:
- First, after completion of initial entry training, individuals must serve on active duty in a military occupational specialty designed by the Secretary of Defense for a period of 15 months.
- After this, and without a break in service, these individuals must serve either an additional period of active duty as determined by the Secretary of Defense, or a period of 24 months in an active status in the Selective Reserve.
- After completion of this period of service, and also, without a break in service, the remaining period of obligated service specified in the agreement will be served as follows.
- On active duty in the armed forces
- In the Selected Reserves
- In the Individual Ready Reserve
- In Americorps, or another domestic national service program jointly designed by the Secretary of Defense and the head of such a program.
- Any combination of the service referred to above may also be approved by the Secretary of the military department concerned pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense and specified in the agreement.
For Additional Education and Training Benefits you may be eligible for: http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/index.asp &