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VA Benefits Chapters

What Am I Eligible For?

A veteran may be eligible for benefits for ten years after the date of separation from active duty provided discharge or release was other than dishonorable, and he/she served at least a hundred and eighty-one (181) continuous days or was discharged or released because of a service-connected disability.

To be eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits, you must fall into one of the following categories or “Chapters”. Visit the web pages below to determine which VA “Chapter” you qualify for.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info

The Post-911 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Post-911 GI Bill benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

Chapter 30: Prior Active Duty - Montgomery GI Bill
www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH30

Veterans who entered active duty beginning July 1, 1985 may be eligible provided they
• Served at least two years with honorable discharge, and
• Had $100 per month deducted from their military pay for educational benefits during the first 12 months of active duty.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre

The Department of Veterans Affair's Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service is vested with delivering timely, effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Chapter 35: Dependent of Eligible Veteran
www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH35

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Chapter 1606 : Selected Reserve
www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH1606

The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. 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.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance
www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH1607

A Department of Defense/VA 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.