August 1, 2016

Which Benefit is Best for You? Post 9/11 vs Voc Rehab

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. If you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.

What will I receive?

Tuition and Fee payment that is paid to your school on your behalf and Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) that is equal to:

  • the basic allowance for housing (BAH) payable for the zip code of your school to a military E-5 with dependents for students pursuing resident training which $1275.00 per month for 2016
  • one-half the BAH national average for students training solely by distance learning
  • the national average BAH for students pursuing training at foreign schools
  • A Books and Supplies Stipend of up to $1000 per year

How many months of assistance can I receive and how long am I eligible?

Generally, you may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You will be eligible for benefits for 15 years from your last period of active duty of at least 90 consecutive days.

Captured

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover all in-state tuition and fees at public degree granting schools, but may not cover all private degree granting schools and out-of-state tuition. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional support in those situations. Institutions voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund uncovered charges. VA matches each dollar of unmet charges the institution agrees to contribute, up to the total cost of the tuition and fees.

 

Ch. 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Vet Success Program.

The purpose of VocRehab is simple: Assist service-disabled Veterans to train for, find, and hold down a suitable job, or achieve independence in daily living. VocRehab is for service-connected Veterans who want to take their careers in a direction that previous training and current disabilities make difficult.

Who qualifies?

To apply, you must be at least 10 percent service-connected disabled, hold an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge and apply for the program.  You can receive up to 48 months of entitlement and the period of eligibility is 12 years after separation or the notification of a disability rating, whichever came last.  But, if you have a serious disability, you can use Voc Rehab services after the 12 years have expired and your entitlement can be extended past 48 months.

When should I sign up?

It takes about 45 days from submitting an application to being approved for benefits, so get started well before you want to take advantage of the program.

What Happens after Eligibility is Established?

The Veteran is scheduled to meet with a VRC for a comprehensive evaluation to determine if he/she is entitled for services. A comprehensive evaluation includes:

  • An assessment of the Veteran’s interests, aptitudes, and abilities
  • An assessment of whether service connected disabilities impair the Veteran’s ability to find and/or hold a job using the occupational skills he or she has already developed
  • Vocational exploration and goal development leading to employment and/or maximum independence in the Veteran’s daily living at home and in the community