This afternoon, AMVETS took part in on a conference call with the VA and the nation's leading veterans' organizations for an update on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
The VA outlined key dates for veterans interested in enrolling in the new program and also important information for beneficiaries and dependents.
The key dates outlined on a the call are:
May 1, 2009: VA will begin to accept submissions for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33). Students will then receive a certificate of eligibility outlining the specific benefits for which they qualify. Students must then present this to the school they plan to attend.
July 6, 2009: VA will begin to accept enrollment figures from schools.
Aug. 3, 2009: First payments will be made for tuition and fees to schools. Veterans will receive an award letter, outlining specific figures on tuition, fees, monthly living stipend, books, and supplies. Veterans will also receive payment for books and supplies.
Sept. 1, 2009: Veterans will receive their first living stipend payment. This will likely be a partial payment based on the number of days the veteran is enrolled in the month of August. Subsequent payments will be made on the first of each month for which the veteran is enrolled.
Veterans who wish to take advantage of Chapter 33, but have not finished using their original Chapter 30 benefits, will only be eligible for the specific number of months remaining on the original eligibility. However, if all of the veteran's prior benefit has been used, they will be eligible for another 12 months of Chapter 33.
If a veteran wishes to transfer their benefits to multiple dependents, each dependent will receive a portion of the tuition and fees allowance based on the VA's corollary for Chapter 33. However, each dependent will receive the full housing and subsistence allowance, keeping with the intent of the original legislation.
Check back with www.amvets.org in the coming days for more developments on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. American Veteran online will contine to monitor the VA's implementation process leading up to Chapter 33's launch in August. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post on this blog, or contact AMVETS National Headquarters.