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Veteran GI Bill Education Benefits Should NOT expire after 10 years.

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In the spring of 2009 Travis entered college for the first time. He was laid off from his job of nearly 9 years as an Aviation Mechanic "due to changing global economic conditions."

Travis had served active duty with the US Marine Corps from August 1995 thru August 1999 and received several awards and accommodations for his service. While in the Marines he paid a portion of his earning into the GI bill program in order to maximize his benefits for college.

After active duty Travis was obligated to remain on reserve status until April 21, 2003. Travis received an Honorable Discharge on June 27, 2003.

Despite having never used his Montgomery GI Bill Education Benefits Travis was told by the school education officer his benefits would expire 10 years from his last date of active military service.
This rule gave Travis only 2 semesters of benefits when he was entitled to 36 months of benefits.

Many US military veterans have life circumstances that prevent them from using their benefits immediately out of military service. Therefore it is important that:

GI BILL EDUCATION benefits should NOT expire until after the 36 months of benefit entitlement has been used by the veteran.

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21 hours ago
Dan D. from Monroe, WA writes:
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I am a veteran who "do to life's circumstances" let my Montgomery GI Bill benefits expire. The VA comes out with new research and advise for veterans because re-entering civilian life can be arduous. Yet, the educational benefits are limited to 10 or 15 years. Veterans without disability have only the VA home loan (which is more expensive than a market loan) as a benefit. Let our vets use the benefits they had earned and support this effort.
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Gen A. from redondo beach, CA writes:
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this can be very confusing.
January 2, 2017
Someone from Lockport, IL writes:
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This also happened to me. I am desperately hoping to get an education since my good civilian career derailed in 2008. I was always under the impression that I had ten years to use this benefit that I paid into once I began using it. Once my life circumstances finally stabilized to go to school again, I learned I had only six months left to use them. I feel very cheated.
December 23, 2016
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT signed.
December 2, 2016
Someone from Ruther Glen, VA signed.
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Michael S. from Delaware, OH writes:
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The service provided to our country is what earned veterans the right to GI Bill. Many of us after exiting the military did not go to or complete school due to various reasons. Your benefits as a congressman or woman do not expire, why do ours?
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Someone from Fairbanks, AK writes:
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I'll try to be short and sweet. I exited the Army in Germany doing a “European Out.” I managed to take a few courses with The University of Maryland Europe and then a few more courses where I was stationed in California after that, and then back to Europe where I continued to take courses with the University of Maryland Europe. There were no instructor lead courses available for me to take that I needed. Everything was in the wrong field of study. I suffer from diagnosed PTSD and had an extremely hard time attending courses during this time period. When I finally made it back to the United States my 10 year window was/is up. So I can no longer access over $20,000 dollars left in my Montgomery GI Bill. Due to my particular situation (and many other veterans in similar social anxiety situations) I should be able to continue my education using the GI Bill money that I joined the military for in the first place. I gave myself to the Army and suffered traumatic injuries and now I am being told that I can’t even use the benefits that earned during my service. Please fix this for all Veterans.
2 months ago
Someone from Oakland, CA signed.
October 28, 2016
Derek R. from Columbia, SC writes:
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Our benefits should never expire - I will never stop being a Veteran, why should my GI Bill go away?
October 5, 2016
Christopher K. from Albuquerque, NM writes:
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I served from 1994-2005. When I separated I was concerned about getting a job and holding it. Getting on my feet. I was unable to use my GI Bill as afraid of losing my job by going to School. I earned my educational benefits and put in the money into the GI Bill. I earned this. I served mostly deployed with the Navy where as a Cook I was too busy working to get the free school like many of the others in the Navy. My job did not allow me like after I left. We deserve better. An education and the ability to get by and pay our bills while going to School is the key reason I was hesitant in using my GI Bill and going to School then.