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Veteran Benefits and Eligibility

If you have served active military duty or in the reserve or national guard, or if you are the dependant of a service-connected permanently disabled veteran, RCCC can help you utilize your Montgomery GI Bill benefits to achieve your educational goals with success. There are many options offered by the Montgomery GI Bill and each one is tailored for your type of service.

All questions regarding VA benefits can be answered by calling 1-877-823-2378 or by going online to www.gibill.va.gov. RCCC is only the certifying insitution after benefits have been established through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Chapter 31

  • Known as The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
  • Assist veterans with service-connected disabilities
  • Must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for benefits

Who is Eligible?

The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the latter of the following

  • date of separation from active military service, or
  • date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.

Chapter 32

  • Known as VEAP (Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program)
  • Must have paid into VEAP while in the service
  • Must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for benefits
  • Entitled for as much as 36 months
  • Eligibility usually ends ten years after getting out of service

Who is Eligible?

  • first entered active duty after December 31, 1976 and before July 1, 1985, AND
  • contributed to VEAP before April 1, 1987, AND
  • completed your first period of service, AND
  • been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable

How Much Does VA Pay?

The total dollar amount of your benefits is the sum of

  • Your total contributions,  PLUS
  • Matching funds from VA equal to twice your contributions,  PLUS
  • Any DOD contributions or “kickers”
  • The monthly amount you will receive is based on the total (above), the number of months you contributed, the type of training you are pursuing, and your training time (full-time, part-time).

Chapter 33

  • Known as the Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Provides benefits if on active duty after 09/10/01
  • Provides up to 36 months of education benefits

Who is Eligible?

  • Must have served for an aggregate period of at least 90 days
  • Served at least 30 continuous days and received a disability discharge
  • Individuals will remain eligible for benefits for 15 years from:
    Date of last discharge OR release from active duty of at least 90 continuous days

How Much Does VA Pay?

  • The benefit paid to you is based on the type of training
  • If you are attending school, your payment is based on your training time (i.e. full time, half time, etc)
  • Tuition and Fees Charged, monthly housing allowance, and a stipend for Books and Supplies are all potential benefits.

Chapter 35

  • Known as the DEA, Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
  • May receive benefits under this program from age 18 to 26 (eight years)
  • Must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for benefits

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, you must be a spouse, son, or daughter (including stepchild or adopted child), of a veteran who

  • Is permanently and totally disabled as the result of, or dies of, a service-connected disability OR,
  • Disability must arise out of or be aggravated by active duty or a service member who is missing in action, OR
  • Is captured in line of duty and is currently being held by a hostile force, OR
  • Is currently being forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power

How Much Does VA Pay?

Payment is based on your training time (i.e. full time, half time, etc).

Chapter 1606

  • Known as the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve
  • Provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those in Selected Reserve
  • This includes: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves
  • As well as: Army National Guard and the Air National Guard
  • Must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for benefits
  • Does not require a person to serve on active duty in the regular Armed Forces
  • Eligibility usually ends ten years from the date you become eligible (before 10/1/92)
  • Eligibility usually ends 14 years from the date you become eligible (after 10/1/92)

Who is Eligible?

You may be considered an eligible reservist or National Guard member if

  • after June 30, 1985, you signed a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve, AND
  • you completed your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT), AND
  • you got your HS Diploma or GED before you completed your IADT, AND
  • you are in good standing in a drilling Selected Reserve unit

How Much Does VA Pay?

  • Payment is based on your training time (i.e. full time, half time, etc).
  • The current full-time rate for college training is $309 per month

Chapter 1607

  • Known as REAP (Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  • Provides up to 36 months of education benefits
  • This includes: members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and National Guard
  • Must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for benefits
  • Who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congres

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as appropriate.  Generally, a member of a Reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S. Code, for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation, is eligible for REAP.  There is no specific time frame to use REAP; however, your eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves. National Guard members are eligible if their active service extends for 90 consecutive days or more and their service is

  • authorized under section 502(f), title 32, U.S. Code,
  • authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency, and
  • supported by federal funds

How Much Does VA Pay?

The educational assistance allowance payable under REAP is a percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB) rate based on the number of continuous days served on active duty.  Persons released before 90 days due to an injury, illness or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty receive the 40% rate.  Current rates of payment can be found on our Internet web site or by calling the toll-free number below.

  • Members who serve 90 days but less than 1 year will receive 40% of the MGIB 3 year rate.
  • Members who serve 1 year but less than 2 years will receive 60% of the MGIB 3 year rate.
  • Members who serve 2 or more continuous years will receive 80% of the MGIB 3 year rate.

The amount VA pays is based on the type of training program and training time (i.e. full time, half time, etc).  If attendance is less than a month or less than full-time, payments are reduced proportionately.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

  • For unemployed 35-60 year old veterans

For further information please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

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