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If My MGIB Benefits Are About to Run Out, Can I Extend Them?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I have not used my MGIB since I got out. I got an OTH after reenlisting in 01. When do my benefits run out and can I extend them.

A:  Your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits are good for 10-years from the date of your last discharge. Assuming you got out in 2001 or 2002, your benefits will expire this year or next.

It is too bad you did not use your benefits before now, as you don’t have much time left to use them. As far as extending your benefits, the VA will do so only in three situations:

  • Recalled to active duty;
  • Detained by a foreign power;
  • Temporarily disabled to the point of where you could not attend classes.

If any of these apply to you, of course you will have to be able to provide proof of the situation. If none of these apply, then you are pretty much out of luck as far as extending your GI Bill benefits.

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