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Are There Any GI Bill Benefits Available for a Veteran With an RE-4 Enlistment Code?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Are there any education benefits available for a veteran with an RE-4? I am a Navy veteran and looking to enroll in vocational or an extension program. – Andre

A: Your Reenlistment Code does not determine if you can use GI Bill benefits or not; it is your characterization of service, commonly, (but erroneously) referred to as your discharge, that is the determining factor. If you have anything less than fully Honorable, then you would not be able to use your GI Bill.

However, one possibility though is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). As long as you have at least an Other Than Dishonorable Discharge and meet the other requirements of:
• between the ages of 35 and 60
• are unemployed at the time you apply
• do not have any other VA education benefits left to use
• are not receiving VA compensation due to unemployability
• are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

You have to apply soon however. Right now the program ends on March 31, 2014, but there is talk of extending it to the end of June.

As far as what it pays, you get the same as those receiving the Montgomery GI Bill - $1,648 per month for up to 12 months. You still have 6 to 9 months in which to use this program, which could be enough time to at least give you a good start if not complete your whole program, depending on which program you pursue.

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