Chap. 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill®
This bill is for those who have served at least 90 days of active duty after September 11, 2001. You can receive these benefits if you are still on active duty or if you have been honorably discharged. You can receive up to 36 months of education benefits. These benefits can be transferred to dependents with service branch approval. If you have 100 percent eligibility, you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
The VA’s website has more information on the GI Bill®.
Chap. 31 - VA Vocational Rehabilitation
You may receive this to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Those who expect to receive an honorable discharge or have a severe injury may be eligible for this.
The VA’s website has more information on Vocational Rehabilitation.
Chap. 35 - Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
This program applies to dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of a Veteran who died while on active duty. They may receive up to 45 months of education benefits.
AS OF MAY 2010: The Fry Scholarship under Chapter 35 extends benefits to children of servicemen and women who were killed in the line of duty during the Global War on Terror.
The VA’s website has more information on DEA.
The children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001 can apply for an educational scholarship similar to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Benefits are retroactive to Aug. 1, 2009.
The scholarship, which is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, 28, a Texas native who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive. He was survived by three young children.
“The Fry scholarship represents this nation’s solemn commitment to care for children whose mothers and fathers paid the ultimate price for our country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
VA began accepting applications for the Fry scholarship on May 1, 2010. For more information or assistance applying, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551), or visit the VA GI Bill® Website.
VA estimates nearly 1,500 children will receive benefits under the Fry scholarship program in 2010. Recipients generally have 15 years to use their benefits, beginning on their 18th birthdays.
Eligible children attending institutions of higher learning may receive payments to cover their tuition and fees up to the highest amounts charged to public, in-state students at undergraduate institutions in each state. A monthly housing allowance and stipend for books and supplies are also paid under this program.
VA will began paying benefits under the Fry scholarships on Aug. 1, 2010. Eligible participants may receive benefits retroactively to August 1, 2009, the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill® took effect.
Eligible children may be married. Recipients are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100 percent level.
When dependents also serve in the military, the reserves, or are Veterans in their own right, eligible for education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® for Active Duty, the Montgomery GI Bill® for Selected Reserves or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), then they would relinquish their eligibility under those programs to receive benefits under a Fry scholarship.