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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Update: VA Contacting Veterans About Their Benefits

Yesterday, VA announced that it will be making phone calls to student-veterans who have applied for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33) benefits throughout the week. The calls are designed to ensure that enrolled veterans understand the new benefits and that they are receiving their entitlements in a timely manner.

“The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of our highest priorities,” said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. “Instead of making people wait to hear from us, we’re reaching out to veterans, so they can get the money they need to stay in school.”

VA will also be making follow-up calls to veterans who took advantage of the emergency advance payments to ensure that all checks have been processed and funds have been delivered.

VA representatives will not ask for veterans' personal information over the phone.

AMVETS leaders will continue to follow VA's implementation of the historic education benefit. Check back regularly with American Veteran Online for updates.

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