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  1. Hello, Bro's and Sis's I'm sorry but I couldn't find a forum exclusively about the GI BILL. If this isn't the right place please move it to the right forum if you don't mind. I got out of the Army on May 15 2006th, and I used a good bit of my Gi Bill (Chapter 33) not the forever GI Bill, which I thought everyone who qualified, for the GI Bill was switched over to. I still have over a year left on my (Chapter 33) GI Bill, and just found out that it was not apart of the forever GI Bill that Trump signed in to law, and found out my GI Bill was expiring soon as was my right to utilized the VOC REHAB educational assistance. I'm Purple Heart recipient , rated 100% at the VA, for different disabilities incurred during my time in the service (Infantry) “Tinnitus, both knees had surgery, back, upper buttock, shrapnel removal, and couple other surgeries I can't thin of right now, so I've been to school on and off and never used my full GI Bill which I'm near finished, and hoping I can continue to receive the GI Bill, so I can complete my degree, and have something I could hopefully fall back on if the VA takes away rating, for whatever reason and I end up homeless with no real job skills. Beside all of that does anyone on this site know if medical conditions, will help me extend the 15 year cut off date for the GI Bill (Chapter 33). The Post 9/11 GI Bill expires 15 years after your End Time Service (ETS). I've read around and seen you can get your Post 9/11 GI Bill extended for medical reasons but all I've read was scuttlebutt and was hopping someone from here that has actually has has their extended due to medical reasons and could help point me in the right directions to see if I qualify for and extensions due to medical reasons. The Forever GI Bill never expires you just have to complete 6 months of service or receive the Purple Heart after January 1, 2013.
  2. Hi everyone! So I have bipolar disorder, and I've made massive progress in my wellbeing in the last 6 months from diet/exercise and tons of self-help books and a Bipolar Life Skills program. Anyway, I feel great, and have for months and months now, and I feel like I'm ready to go back to school and finish my degree (in psychology) and try to get higher education so I can help other Veterans out of depression (I want to be a psychologist, the Psy.D route). Anyway I'm at 100% right now for my bipolar disorder, and I'm getting re-rated in like 2 years. I have 1 month left on my 9/11 GI Bill, which isn't enough for me to finish my degree (I have 2 years left). I'm aware that I have to put in for Voc Rehab before using my last month of benefits in order to get the higher Voc Rehab BAH rate. So my question is, if I call up Voc Rehab and say "Hey I'm feeling well enough to do school again and work and I want to be a psychologist and help other Veterans get their lives together" will the Voc Rehab people immediately schedule me for a re-evaluation? Don't get me wrong I want to get off of this disability stuff but if Voc Rehab is going to pay me only the BAH for the school's zip code, that is not enough for me to live on without a roommate (I'm 30) or some other source of income, not even close, like, the BAH is 3k per month, and the cheapest studios around the school (within a 45-minute drive one way) are $1200, and there are so many people applying for the apartments that unless you can show you bring home an income that is 3x your rent (in this case $3600 per month), they won't rent to you. I already tried to move there on my current monthly income (3k) and I got no responses. Living on campus is possible but would be a nightmare as I would have to spend 4 months out of the year living with my 62 year old mom and my stepdad in a cramped little house. It's just not realistic. I know for a fact they wouldn't let me live with them for 4 months out of the year. Even when I was homeless they were only going to let me stay there for 1 week until I got into a VA housing program. It especially wouldn't work if I wanted to take summer courses because the dorms are closed during the summer and my family lives in another state. I also wouldn't be able to maintain my current extremely-healthy diet because no cooking is allowed in the dorms (no hot plates or toaster ovens). I eat very specific health-food recipes and mealprep 3-4 days at a time. The dining facility at the college is okay but is incompatible with my superfood diet. I checked to see if the school has off-campus school-sponsored housing but they don't have any. Anyway, I could absolutely make it work even if I'm bumped down to 50%, but if they put me at 10% or something I'm going to have to get a job when I'm going to school which would be too hard for me to do while getting the grades I need to get into a Psy.D program. Transferring schools to a cheaper area isn't much of an option because my transcript is so awful right now that no one else will take me. Will Voc Rehab set my BAH to 3x the studio rent for the area so I can get an apartment? I can hear you laughing now, I've dealt with the VA, I know the answer is probably "Yeah sure, when pigs fly." Thanks for any help!
  3. I was in the USMC, I was discharged 11 Oct 2017. My separation code on my DD-214 says JFV1 which is for a condition not a disability. Fast forward to after I get back home from where I was stationed, and I went to the VA. My local VA granted me 60% disability and sent me a letter where it clearly states that this is a service related disability. I receive monthly disability for that same condition I was discharged over. That is the only thing I receive any disability for and it was my reason for discharge. I was also placed in priority group 1 for VA Health Care as a result. Now that I'm applying for post 9/11 benefits, the VA is saying I'm only eligible for 50% due to my time in service and separation code on my DD-214 saying I wasn't discharged due to a disability. You're only eligible for 100% if your discharged for a disability. My question is since the VA has determined that my condition is in fact service connected, that same condition being what caused me to be discharged, is it possible to get my separation code on my DD-214 changed to reflect it being a service connected disability that way I can receive the full 100%?
  4. What are some of the best states in the United States, and also best countries and cities in the world to live for disabled veterans and their dependents? Va Benefits Cost of living Safe for family Education Medical care https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html
  5. On 23 April, a bank account that my deposits normally are deposited into, received the funds. They were then sent back to the va on 25 April as I called the va and updated them with new account information. The va has stated the funds were sent back to the treasury on May 1st. No one at the va seems to know how long it will take to receive my funds as they have updated bank account information. I’m needing to pay rent and other bills. Any one else have experience with this?
  6. To any veteran getting VR&E services from the Oakland regional offices: Senator Kamala Harris' office is collecting information from veterans who are attending chapter 31 in Oakland. If you have any concerns or complaints and have attended the last couple of years please contact Sean Anstead via email: Sean_Ansted@harris.senate.gov
  7. My son will be attending a school in Hungary that is VA eligible next semester. Chapter 35 pays a "monthly housing allowance" in this case, by semester. Do they stop pay when classes break for a week? He still has to stay in the dorm since he can't just fly home whenever school breaks.
  8. I am currently employed as a federal law enforcement officer, retiring in a couple of months. When you reach age 57 you are mandated by law to retire. With the SC conditions (I'm 70%), I have, I will not be able to acquire employment in the exact discipline I'm in. I currently earn six figures but upon retirement but my pension will be $50K . I have a BS in Voc. Educ, and I would like to work as a school counselor or teach. I am new to this process, so can anyone share what's the best way to approach in terms of seeking approval with Voc Rehab & Employment so I can get a Master's Degree? Do I even have a chance of getting approved? I have at least 10 years of "Work Energy" left.
  9. Hello my question is about the VA DEA benefit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp So the federal level would be DEA however my state offers a college fee waiver for families as well. My situation would be plan A for the state fee waiver and all it says is that it cannot be concurrent. So does that mean I can use one or the other after fact? Thanks The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible. Plan A The child of a veteran who is totally disabled due to service-connected disabilities or whose death was officially rated as service-connected is eligible. The child must be over 14 years old and under 27 years old to be eligible. If the child is a veteran, then the age limit is extended to age 30; The spouse or Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) of a wartime veteran who has been rated as service-connected totally disabled is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions; The unmarried surviving spouse or RDP of a wartime veteran whose death has been rated as service-connected is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions; Any dependent of any veteran who has been declared missing in action, captured in the line of duty by hostile forces, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power is eligible. The veteran must have served at least one day of active duty during a period of war as declared by the U.S. Congress, or during any time in which the veteran was awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. Concurrent receipt of benefits under Plan A and VA Chapter 35 benefits is prohibited. To receive benefits under Plan A, a dependent must sign an "election" statement acknowledging this fact. There are no income restrictions under this plan. To be eligible, the event which caused basic entitlement to benefits (i.e., the date the veteran died of service-connected causes or the date the VA rated the veteran as totally disabled as a result of service-connected disabilities) must have occurred prior to the child's 21st birthday.
  10. Wondering if anyone has some realistic insight to how long it takes to see any actual money (BAH or Book stipend) when using the post 9/11 GI Bill. I applied on Jan 21, started school on Jan 25, and my school is absolutely hounding me for the certificate of eligibility. I called on the 888 number Tuesday and was told that I will be getting 90% and that my letter should have been sent out. Once I do get it and submit it to my school, how long am I realistically waiting for any money to show up in my account? I'm halfway done with my first class, I'm getting bills from the school that are stressing me out, and the process so far has already taken over a month, oh and I desperately need a new computer.
  11. Is a Veteran able to get their adult children into college after the time limit to do so has expired and years latter the Veterans claim decision has been 'Granted...?'
  12. Does anyone know or they themselves ever received assistance through Voc Rehab for self employment? I need specific information... I would greatly appreciate anyone's help and I am going to share what I find after reviewing Board of Veterans Appeals Decisions in regards to the matter. Maybe no one ever has? §21.257 Self-employment. (a) Approval of self-employment as a vocational goal. A program of vocational rehabilitation benefits and services may include self-employment for an individual if VA determines that such an objective is a suitable vocational goal. VA will make this determination based on— (1) The results of the individual's initial evaluation conducted in accordance with the provisions of §21.50; and (2) The provisions of this section. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104(a)) (b) Definition. For purposes of this subpart, individuals with the most severe service-connected disability(ies) who require self-employment means individuals who have been determined by VA to have limitations affecting employability arising from the effects of each individual's service-connected disability(ies), which are so severe as to necessitate selection of self-employment as the only reasonably feasible vocational goal for the individuals. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104) (c) Scope of self-employment benefits and services. (1) VA may provide the self-employment services listed in paragraph (d) of this section to program participants who are pursuing the vocational goal of self-employment. (2) VA may provide the more extensive services listed in paragraph (e) of this section to individuals with the most severe service-connected disability(ies) who require self-employment. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104(a)) (d) Assistance for other individuals in self-employment. Subject to the provisions of §21.258, VA may provide the following assistance to any individual for whom self-employment is determined to be a suitable vocational goal— (1) Vocational training; (2) Incidental training in the management of a business; (3) License or other fees required for self-employment; (4) Necessary tools and supplies for the occupation; and (5) Services described in §21.252. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104(a)) (e) Special self-employment services for individuals with the most severe service-connected disability(ies) who require self-employment. Individuals described in paragraph (b) of this section who are in a self-employment program may receive— (1) The services described in paragraph (d) of this section; and (2) The assistance described in §21.214. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104, 3116, 3117) (f) Feasibility analysis of a proposed self-employment business plan. VA will conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of the feasibility of a proposed business plan, as submitted by the individual or developed with VA's assistance, prior to authorizing a rehabilitation plan leading to self-employment (a “self-employment plan”). The feasibility analysis must include— (1) An analysis of the economic viability of the proposed business; (2) A cost analysis specifying the amount and types of assistance that VA will provide; (3) A market analysis for the individual's proposed services or products; (4) Availability of financing from non-VA sources, including the individual's personal resources, local banks, and other sources; (5) Evidence of coordination with the Small Business Administration to secure special consideration under section 8 of the Small Business Act, as amended; (6) The location of the site for the proposed business and the cost of the site, if any; and (7) A training plan to operate a successful business. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104) [75 FR 3170, Jan. 20, 2010] §21.258 Cost limitations on approval of self-employment plans. A self-employment plan with an estimated or actual cost of less than $25,000 may be approved by the VR&E Officer with jurisdiction. Any self-employment plan with an estimated or actual cost of $25,000 or more must be approved by the Director, VR&E Service. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104) [75 FR 3170, Jan. 20, 2010]
  13. This tuition waiver can be used in conjunction with Chapter 35 benefits. We just completed this process for our daughter. Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941. NOTE: A Veteran’s 90-100% disability must have been directly caused by the Veteran’s involvement in: 1) military operations against terrorism; 2) a peacekeeping mission; 3) a terrorist act; 4) an armed conflict subsequent to December 6, 1941. The service connected disability cannot have been incurred during active duty that coincides with, but was not the direct result of, one of the listed events/missions. The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months. http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/education-employment/virginia-military-survivors-and-dependents-education-program/ To be eligible, children and spouses of qualifying veteran service members must meet the following requirements: The dependent child must be between the ages 16 and 29 inclusively; there is no age restriction for spouses The qualifying military service member must be a current Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia presently and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission or must have entered military service as a citizen of Virginia In the case of a deceased qualifying military service member, the surviving spouse can meet the residency requirements contingent upon: Having been a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia for five consecutive years prior to marrying the military service member or Presently being a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission. FAQ's http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014-15-VMSDEP-FAQs_1.pdf
  14. I have been using my Ch. 33 benefits for the last two academic years to finish up my undergraduate education. I just graduated with my BS back in May and submitted a Change of Program or Place of Training since I will be starting graduate school in mid-August. It's July now and I never received any letters from the VA, so I checked the eBenefits portal and see that I was disallowed from enrollment. Of course, I called to see what was going on and was told that a letter was supposedly sent out in June (never got it): I was denied benefits because I didn't have enough time in service and that supposedly I was never entitled to benefits, and my initial award was a mistake (the lady told me not to worry, they're not going to make me pay it back). I was told that they "re-verified my eligibility" by contacting DoD, and DoD told them I wasn't eligible. Obviously, I strongly disagree with this. I have just over a year of service and was medically retired due to disability from disease and injury incurred LOD. I received 30% from the Army. Granted, my one year was all IET, but I am still eligible based on the fact I was medically separated with more than 30 days of service, no? I submitted additional evidence to the VA via both fax and certified RR mail, including my DD 214 Member 4, where the narrative summary for separation states disability, my PEB results, and my retirement orders. I am hoping the additional documentation will persuade them to change their decision. Any advice on anything additional I should do? Anyone else have any similar experiences? I'm really hoping that this can be resolved by the time I start my graduate program, because it would be a huge financial hit for me if I have to appeal and go through a lengthy process. Prior to this, I still had 12 months of Ch 33 benefits remaining. I wish I had known this back when they supposedly sent the letter, I would have acted immediately.
  15. I have to admit that I did not do much research on this opportunity, but it did come to me from a different Veterans Benefits web site, and I think there may be one or two or more on this site who could/would take advantage of such an opportunity. Overall summary, is that if you are unemployed, and looking for some retraining, but can not afford the cost of changing courses, then you may be interested in reading/pursuing more: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm I am also attaching the wording of the VA Notification so you can decide if you want to pursue this link and the advertised benefits on your own. I assume that I personally do not qualify for this benefit, due to my ongoing need for treatment, but that is not an official answer. Anyway, this is a time-sensitive benefit, and in my opinion, an extremely valuable opportunity for a lot of folks on this site or their significant others. I wish you all well!!!! Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012. The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who: Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old Are unemployed Received an other than dishonorable discharge Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance) Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program. Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation. High Demand Jobs VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor. Click here to see a listing of high demand occupations. VRAP Applications Are Open We are accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit eBenefits to apply. Remember, to complete the application, you will need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue, and the applicable high demand occupation
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