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Do I Get to Keep My Post 9/11 GI Bill or Not?

Q: So I enlisted in the Army on Feb 8th 2006 for three years and 16 weeks. I reenlisted in Jan of 2009 for three more years. I got kicked out on Oct 18th 2011. Now everyone has been telling me that I get to keep my GI Bill, but when I submitted my 22-1990 to the VA, they denied my claim. Do I get to keep my GI Bill? Does they VA not know I reenlisted? Technically I got an honorable discharge right?

A: To answer your questions, yes you did get an Honorable Discharge from your first term of service and no the VA probably doesn’t know you reenlisted. If they had, then most likely they would have approved your VA Form 22-1990. So now it is your job to prove to them that you did in fact get an Honorable discharge from your first term of enlistment.

Did you get a DD256 Honorable Discharge Certificate when you reenlisted? You can use a copy of that form to prove that you were honorably discharged. Or you can send in a copy of your new DD4 papers. If your DD214 shows your reenlistment, you could also send in a copy of it as proof.

With over three years of service after September 10, 2001, you would have 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100% tier that you should be able to use. Once the VA gets your proof of honorable discharge, along with your new VA Form 22-1990, they should approve your New GI Bill application.

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