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Do I Qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill from My First Term of Service?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I received an honorable discharge in 2000, came back into the Army in 2008, but was injured during training and now as of mar 2010 I received a chapter 5-17 (medical) with a general discharge. Can I still receive the post 9/11 GI Bill since my first term of service was an honorable discharge?

A: Because your first term of service and honorable discharge happened before September 10, 2001, that period of service does not meet the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill requirement of 90 days of service after September 10, 2001. Did you sign-up for and pay into the Montgomery G.I. Bill during your first term of service? If you made the $1,200 contribution through pay reduction, you would be eligible for that G.I. Bill.

As far as your medical discharge and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill go, the VA website says “You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.” Because you have a medical discharge under general conditions, you would not qualify for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. It might be worth your while to petition your branch of service and see if you can get your discharge changed to honorable, if you don’t have the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

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