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Am I Still Eligible for My GI Bill?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

I served in the SCARNG (with BCT/AIT in Apr. 03- Aug 03) and I got out of the military with an honorable discharge in July 07. I am also receiving 70% disability from the VA. I did use some of my Montgomery GI Bill and FTA in 2005. I would like to go back. Would I still be eligible to use my GI Bill?

When you say GI Bill, we have to define which GI Bill you are talking about as you may be eligible for more than one. While in the ARNG, you had the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) which is vastly different from the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD).

One of the biggest differences is the eligibility factor once discharged. Under the Guard GI Bill, your eligibility ends 14 years from your date of eligibility, or if you get out of the Guard sooner upon your discharge. So your MGIB-SR eligibility, both by delimiting date and Guard membership, ended about the same time – in 2007.

However, you may also be eligible for another GI Bill. If your 70% disability was the result of a deployment (or two or three) on an active duty Title 10 deployment order in support of a contingency operation (such as Iraq or Afghanistan), then you could have partial benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. A one-year deployment would put you at the 60% level; thirty-six aggregate months would get you to the top – 100%.

Being you used some of your MGIB-SR, you would have left 36 months less the number of months you used in 2005. To find out if you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, go to the VONAPP website and submit VA Form 22-1990. If you get a denial letter back, you know you do not qualify, however, if you get a Certificate of Eligibility back, your golden. Take the certificate with you when you go to enroll in school.

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