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Do I Have Any GI Bill Benefits Left?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I retired in July 1989. Do I have any GI Bill benefits left for schooling?

A: No you would not. Back then you would had the Montgomery GI Bill. That GI Bill has a 10-year shelf life, meaning any unused benefits expired 10 years from your date of discharge. So your education GI Bill benefits expired in 1999. Many veterans are not aware their GI Bill benefits expire and by the time they find out, they either don’t enough time left to use their benefits or they have already expired, as in your case.

From time-to-time, there has been some talk of making GI Bill benefits good for the life of the veteran, but so far, none of the talk has resulted in any legislation making it to a vote and passing.

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