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As a Wisconsin Veteran, Do I Have Any State Veteran Ed Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I served in the US Army from 1988-1992 (4 years active duty) I paid into the GI Bill and never used it. Is there any way to get some assistance to use the GI Bill or did I totally lose it? I live in Wisconsin and that was my State on entry. Any Information would be great. Thanks!

A: No, you lost your Montgomery GI Bill education benefit 10 years after discharge, unless you were either:

  • recalled back to active duty;
  • detained by a foreign power;
  • or debilitated by an illness or injury that prevented from going to school, your chance for an extension approval is nil.

You mention Wisconsin as your state of residence and entry. I looked up Wisconsin’s State Veterans Benefits and it looks like you would have some, namely the Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Veterans. Under this State GI Bill, you can take up to 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System institution and get 100% of your tuition and fees paid.

To qualify for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, the veteran must have been a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry onto active duty and currently reside in Wisconsin. Character of service and active duty service requirements apply.

For veterans, there is no post-service time limitation (such as the federal Montgomery G.I. Bill 10-year delimiting date) on the use of the benefit. The veteran may attend school either full or part-time.

The benefit may be used for continuing education, or for study at the undergraduate or graduate level. I would contact your State Veterans Office and have them verify that you qualify.

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