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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Update: VA Implements IT Solution; Publishes 2010-2011 Rates

This afternoon, VA announced that its fully-automated G.I. Bill claims processing system is now online and fully operational. Since the new program was delivered in July, VA has meticulously transferred data from VA's analog processing system into the new program with minimal errors, according to VA's Chief Information Officer Roger Baker.

The new system allows for automated data sets to help calculate each veterans' specific reimbursement rates, as opposed to the old system, which required an individual claims processor to enter each unique figure for every enrolled veteran.

VA Director of Education Services Keith Wilson said that throughout the month of August, VA could process a Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, or Chapter 33, benefit claim within 10 days of receipt as a result of the streamlined system. Wilson went on to say that VA's new system can accommodate for changes in compensation figures like housing allowances on the fly, meaning veterans will receive accurate living stipend payments once the Department of Defense publishes its annual rate changes in January.

To date, VA has already paid Chapter 33 benefits to 130,000 veterans enrolled for the fall, compared to last year's mark of only 12,000 claims at the same point. Wilson also said that VA has seen an overall 14 percent increase in enrollment across all chapters of the G.I. Bill for the new academic year.

Yesterday, VA also published its Chapter 33 reimbursement rates for the 2010-2011 academic year. The rates can be found on the VA Web site Here.

American Veteran will continue to follow VA's implementation of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and the new automated processing solution. We will also closely monitor the proposed Post-9/11 G.I. Bill legislation pending before Congress to make Chapter 33 more equitable. Check back regularly for updates.

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4 comments:

  1. Read you notice with great interest on my Face Book account. But this changed to mixed emotions as I read comments from 'boots on the ground folks' who have tried previously to connect with this bill and have had various disastrous unresolved experiences.
    1. Please have someone backtrack to these claimants and help resolve the issues and concerts that are contributing to their lives being put into suspended animation. Especially, the claims that existed before the above new system was developed and implemented.
    2. Our sons and daughters deserve to be able to implemented the system, VA, that keeps sending them messages of how it is there for them.
    la, minneapolis, mn lasims@gmail.com

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  2. This automated implementation is a JOKE at best. My husband has been waiting for his housing allowance that was supposed to be paid to him on December 1st, here it is almost Christmas and still NOTHING. All they can say is "We're sorry, sir." I bet their kids' presents are already under the tree aren't they? THEY are the ones who dropped the ball and all they can say is they're sorry and put him in the grand queue and when his number is up, only then will it be processed...it should have been processed back on NOVEMBER 4th!! He put in his time in the military and earned his GI Bill, but now they've screwed him on so many levels. It's pathetic how they run their system. I wonder how many errors they had when a human was processing the claims? All this automation is crap if you ask me!

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