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Does the VA Make Mistakes Regarding Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Does the VA make mistakes regarding Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits? I enlisted for 4 years of active duty service in 2006 and joined the Reserves in 2010. I enlisted with SLRP, yet have a determination of 100% benefits.

A: Yes, the VA does make mistakes, but less of them now that they have implemented their new Long-Term Solution (LTS) software. Because you enlisted with SLRP, the first three years of your enlistment went to “pay back” the amount your service branch paid on your student loans.

However, the last year of your 4 year enlistment, you did acquire Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility. One year of eligible service would put you at the 60% tier.

Did you have any deployed time since 2010 while in the Reserves? If so, that time counts toward Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility too. A couple of one-year tours would put you at the 100% tier.

If you did not have any deployed time, then the VA most likely does not know you enlisted with SLRP. You would want to get this straightened out before you start school as it would cause a huge mess if left unresolved.

Contact the VA or enlist the help of your school VA Certifying Official. It could be a simple as submitting a copy of the form showing you signed up for SLRP.

You would know if it is corrected or not by what your latest copy of your Certificate of Eligibility shows. It should show you have the 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility at the 60% tier and that it would expire 15 years from your last date of discharge.

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