Can I Get the 12-Month Extension If I Have Already Used My Converted Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?
Q: If I already used my Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement, can you still get the 12-month extension for a vocational school etc., if still unemployed?
A: No you can’t get an extension via the Post 9/11 GI Bill, however, you may qualify for the newest GI Bill – the VRAP (Veterans Retraining Assistance Program). To qualify for the program, you must:
• Be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
• Be unemployed on the date of application
• Received an other than dishonorable discharge
• Be not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
• Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
• Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.
If you qualify for the program, go to the eBenefits website and submit VA Form 22-1990. You will hear back very quickly as to whether or not you qualify. If you find out you do, you can receive up to 12 months of benefits paid at the Montgomery GI Bill monthly rate of $1,473.
Your training program must be completed within one year and result in a license, certification or associate’s degree in a high demand occupation as defined by the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL will even help you find a job after completing your training program.
If you do not qualify for VRAP, then you most likely have reached the end of your GI Bill benefits.