You've earned the right to a higher education through your service in the U.S. Armed Forces. But how do you use your GI Bill benefits? Which version is right for you? The Legion can help answer questions about state and/or federal education benefits, who can use them, and how long.
Currently, the Post-9/11 GI Bill won't cover vocational courses or on-the-job training offered at non-degree granting institutions. The American Legion hopes to fix that.
Legion, other veterans organizations to host ‘Veterans on Campus' symposium Feb. 28 in D.C.
To help clean up the claims backlog left over from first-semester Post-9/11 GI Bill users, VA is planning to enhance the way it processes claims.
In an effort to meet its Feb. 1 processing goal for GI Bill payments, VA says it is trying to work together with student veterans and school officials.
After the fall semester, VA released a report giving a number for college students using the GI Bill. It also addresses the claims process that has created backlogs.
“A good temporary solution” is how American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill characterized VA’s decision to employ an outside contractor to assist in processing the large volume of GI Bill claims.
The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a solicitation Oct. 21 for temporary contractor support to assist in processing the increased volume of education claims received since implementing the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.
VA representatives will soon phone veterans across the country to discuss Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits.
In an Oct. 15 review of how the Post-9/11 GI Bill was implemented, VA was both lauded and criticized for its handling of the education benefit claims backlog.
Starting Oct. 2, student veterans can apply online for emergency GI Bill payments to help cover their expenses. VA regional offices will issue checks up to $3,000 to those enrolled in schools this semester.