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VA to Begin Processing Applications for Post-9/11 GI Bill

Yarmuth-sponsored law will pay for college education of 21st century veterans


(Washington, DC) Last July, Congress passed the Post-9/11 GI Bill to significantly increase the educational benefits for 21st Century veterans.  Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), an original cosponsor of the legislation, announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin processing applications tomorrow.

“A college education has proven to be central to succeeding in the 21st century, and we have an obligation to the men and women who courageously served this country to give them every chance for success,” Congressman Yarmuth said.

Veterans wishing to apply for benefits under the new GI Bill can do so by visiting www.gibill.va.gov.
Major provisions of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill include:

  • Increased educational benefits would be available to all members of the military who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, including activated reservists and National Guard.  To qualify, veterans must have served at least three months of qualified active duty, beginning on or after September 11, 2001.
  • The bill provides for educational benefits to be paid in amounts linked to the amount of active duty served in the military after 9/11.  Generally, veterans would receive some amount of assistance proportional to their service for 36 months, which equals four academic years.  Veterans would still be eligible to receive any incentive-based supplemental educational assistance from their military branch for which they qualify.
  • Benefits provided under the bill would allow veterans pursuing an approved program of education to receive payments covering the established charges of their program, up to the cost of the most expensive in-state public school, plus a monthly stipend equivalent to housing costs in their area.  The bill would allow additional payments for tutorial assistance, as well as licensure and certification tests.