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Can I Petition the VA to Extend My Montgomery GI Bill 10-Year Delimiting Date?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I used my Montgomery GI Bill when I completed my years of honorable service. I have since exceeded my 10 years without exhausting the available funds. Is it possible to petition to be able to use the GI Bill? — Jim B.

A: You can apply for an extended Montgomery GI Bill delimiting date Jim, but only under one of three situations:

  • You went back on active duty for at least 90 days after your first discharge
  • You were debilitated by injuries or health problems preventing you from going to school
  • You were detained by a foreign government or power

If you went back on active duty, provide a copy of your active duty orders or updated DD214.

If you are claiming a health problem, send the VA the information below that prevented you from going to school:

  • The type of health problem
  • The exact beginning and ending dates of the health problem
  • The reason(s) you were unable to go to school
  • Any employment you had during your health problem
  • Your employers’ names and addresses, the beginning and ending dates and the weekly hours of each job
  • Doctor documentation, such as diagnosis, treatment, the duration, the exact beginning and ending dates
  • Hospital or laboratory test reports

If you were detained, send any paperwork you have documenting your detainment and release.

Once you have your documentation ready, send it to the VA Regional Office servicing your state or territory.

The VA rarely extends the deadline for using your military education benefits under the MGIB delimiting date, but they will do so for the three above conditions.

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