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Is There Any Reinstatement Language In The Works for Expired GI Bill Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: What to do? I have been out of the services for over the limit of the Montgomery GI Bill. My term of service was 92-96. My GI BILL has been canceled. Is there anything in the works as far as the Armed Forces or the Government is concerned to reinstate Veterans who served and failed in using the Bill? I heard NO! What is asked Sir is possibilities.

A: There are no possibilities to change the delimitation date at the time of this writing. There has been some talk now and then about eliminating delimitation dates, but nobody has introduced such legislation.

On the Montgomery GI Bill, which would be the one you had, there is a 10 year limitation date which starts on the day of your discharge; your GI Bill ran out in 2006.

The only recourse at you that you would have had, would be to request an extension, but the VA only approves those in three situations:
• If you were detained by a foreign power
• If you were recalled back to active duty
• If something prevented you from attending classes, such as a long-term injury or accident, or if you had to care for an ill family member, or you were relocated by your employer.

Just know the last situation requires extensive documentation and very rarely are requests supported well enough to get the extension. The other two situations are fairly easy to document.

This situation and the one where veterans who retired prior to the Post 9/11 GI Bill starting in August 2009 and they can’t make a transfer request (although they are 100% eligible to make a transfer request) never seem to get enough momentum to the point of them changing.

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