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
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)
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
The maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits. The VA determines
monthly benefit rates.
The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) provides benefits to individuals
who initially entered active duty after 12/31/76 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.
Chapter 1607, makes certain individuals who were activated after 09/11/2001
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.
You will received 36 months of full time entitlement at your give 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.
Remember, that's 36 months at the full time training rate.
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.