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Can I Still Use My MGIB-SR If I Was Discharged in 1993?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I’ve been out of the National Guard since 1993 and joined in 1987, but never got to use my GI Bill. I’m in school now and would like to use it. I’ve been told by my school that after 10 years it is no good, but never heard this when I was in the Guard. I need help and answers. What do I need to do get get my benefits now that I need them?

A: I’m sorry, but you have been slightly mis-informed on your Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) benefits. That part that is correct is you do have 10 years to use your MGIB-SR benefits, but only as long as you remain a member in good standing in the Guard. The part you didn’t know is that once your are discharged, you lose all your MGIB-SR benefits. So, as of 1993 when you were discharged, you no longer have had any GI bill benefits.

I get this same question, or a variation of it, a lot as many Reservists and Guardsmen do not know they lose their Montgomery GI Bill benefits until after they are discharged. This information should be part of a yearly benefits briefing, but the word just doesn’t seem to get out until it is too late – after the Reserve or Guard soldier is discharged. I’m sorry, but there is nothing you can do to get back these benefits.

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