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

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UN-USED VETERAN?S GI -BILL EDUCATION BENEFITS SHOULD NOT EXPIRE!

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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4 days ago
Someone from Seminole, FL writes:
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Disabled and would like to keep my brain going. My GI bill has also expired. I was also promised an extra 40k by my recruiter, for additional educational assistance. it was 20 years ago, can't seem to find out anything about that. I did my part. But,wow.
4 days ago
Someone from Seminole, FL writes:
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Disabled and would like to keep my brain going. My GI bill has also expired. I was also promised an extra 40k by my recruiter, for additional educational assistance. it was 20 years ago, can't seem to find out anything about that. I did my part. But,wow.
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Someone from Omaha, NE writes:
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Its now 20 years after I served, I have been laid off and am now looking to further my education. I looked into the GI bill and to be honest it surprised me that they expired. I did not serve just for an education, in fact that was an afterthought. I would posit that many of us who served for reasons aside from education never gave it an afterthought when we were discharged and went into fields we had been trained for, all the time not knowing they expired. These benefits aren't free. We pay for them while we serve. Why should they expire when the money paid in earns them interest all those years.
January 30, 2017
Someone from Houston, TX writes:
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I had a good career after leaving the army. Now i want to got to school because I lost my job.Found out my benefits have expired what can I do now looking to being homeless.
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Someone from Rock Springs, WY signed.
January 17, 2017
Someone from Conroe, TX signed.
January 15, 2017
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.
January 8, 2017
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.
2 months ago
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT signed.