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The New Post-9/11 GI Bill

Starting today, veterans can apply online to receive education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The new education benefits package is the most comprehensive since the original GI Bill for World War II veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You should complete and submit the application form available online and will receive a letter explaining VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program.

The application form requires that individuals currently eligible for benefits under the Montgomery GI BILL-Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

For individuals eligible for MGIB-AD

Normally, your months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be equal to the number of months of entitlement you have remaining under the MGIB-AD. However, if you use all of your MGIB-AD benefits, then you may be entitled to a maximum of 12 additional months of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

For individuals eligible for MGIB-SR and/or REAP

Normally, individuals who are eligible for more than one benefit may use a maximum combined total of 48 months of benefits.

For example: If you have used 20 months of benefits under REAP, you may be eligible for 28 months of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Payments for Post-9/11 GI Bill will not be processed until August 1, 2009.

Click here to access the application form which includes instructions for submitting completed applications.

Please share this information with your networks of veterans and military families.

Source: United States Department of Veterans Affairs Website

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