Veterans of the Vietnam era can still use their remaining VA educational benefits that have been given to veterans through the Veterans Reconciliation Act. These benefits can be used for a wide range of educational opportunities, including traditional colleges and universities, professional degree and certificate programs, on-the-job training courses, and related courses.
Chapter 34 Basics of VA Benefits
Educational benefits until 1952 were given only to wartime veterans. The Veterans Reconstituted Benefits Act of 1966 provides benefits to all veterans, regardless of whether they have ever been in combat. It was revised in 1972, increasing the benefits. Chapter 34 VA benefits were later replaced by the Veterans Educational Assistance Program in 1977.
Veterans who served on active duty between January 31, 1955 and January 1, 1977 are eligible for the benefits of the Vietnam Era GI Bill. The benefit expired in 1977; however, veterans can still convert their benefits to Montgomery GI Bill benefits under Chapter 30 if that veteran still had Chapter 34 benefits on December 31, 1989. The VA considers these veterans to be Chapter 30, Class II. There is also a POST-9/11 GI Bill for which you may be eligible.
Register and Get Benefits
Previously, the most effective way to apply for benefits was to use the Online Veterans App, which is already on the GI Bill website. This application has identified the best interests for which you are eligible, notified you of the appropriate VA Forms that need to be filed, and calculated your benefits. However, the app has now stopped working, according to the Veterans Welfare Administration. Instead, you can sign up via VA.gov.
You can also apply by mail. First, you will need to call 888-442-4551, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET. You can then ask the VA to send you the application. Once you have received it, you will need to complete the application and send it to the VA regional complaint processing office assigned to your school. You can also apply in person at the VA office if you need additional assistance.
Amount and Expiration Date of Benefits
The post-9/11 GI bill covers all tuition and fees for an in-state student at a public school. It includes $26,381.37 at a private school or an international school. Benefits increase when veterans have dependents. There are conditions for each benefit, which may vary depending on the type of training being completed. Payments can be received by monthly check sent to veterans or deposited directly into a bank account.
The Montgomery GI Bill provides $2,150 for a full-time student, $1,612.50 for a student who participates 3/4 of the time, and $1,075 for a student who attends 1/2 time or more than 1/4 of the time. If you go to school 1/4 of the time or less, you get $537.50.
G.I. Bill benefits will expire 10 years after the veteran’s last discharge. Veterans eligible for more than one educational benefit must choose which benefits they wish to receive. The VA will not allow beneficiaries to receive more than one educational benefit at a time. The VA recommends that veterans discuss their education plans with a VA counselor to determine the best program to maximize the benefits he is eligible to receive.