The United States Department of Veterans Affairs decides which benefits you qualify for based on your time in service. To apply for benefits, please go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
-“These benefits generally apply to veterans who began active duty service for the first time after June 30, 1985, had their pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months, and received an honorable discharge.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 31: Vocation Rehabilitation
-“A veteran may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits if he or she:
*Has received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable.
*Has a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
*Applies for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess sevices.”
-US Department of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 32: Veterans’ Education Assistance Program (VEAP)
- “VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Contributions are matched $2 for $1 basis by the Department of Defense.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
“Generally, an individual who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, will be eligible for educational assistance under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs
To view more in depth eligibility requirements, please go to the website listed below.
**On August 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs made changes to the way in which they pay Chapter 33 benefits. These changes include:
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon
All Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients who the Department of Veterans Affairs deems 100% eligible will automatically be granted Yellow Ribbon benefits at Harding University.
**On August 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs made changes to the way in which they pay Ch. 33 benefits. These changes include:
Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Note: When submitting your “Letter of Eligibility” to the VA Certifying Official, make sure you have your “File” number as well.
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. To view basic eligibility requirement, please go to the website listed below.
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
“REAP 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 (contingency operation) 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.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs