I was discharged from the Army in 2004. Unfortunately, due to a lot going on in my life, I have not been able to use my Post-9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33 benefits. I have heard about the “Forever GI Bill,” though. What is that?
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, named for the American Legion national commander who was a key figure behind passage of the original GI Bill, is known as the “Forever GI Bill.” The legislation eliminates the time limit of 15 years for post-9/11 beneficiaries. To receive this extension, you must have been discharged on or after Jan. 1, 2013. Since you were discharged in 2004, you do not qualify; you have until 2019 to use your benefits.