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Do I Still Have My GI Bill If I Was Recently Discharged From the ARNG?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I was in the National Guard and I was recently discharged. I served 5 years with no active duty (other than training). Am I still receiving my GI Bill?. What do I do? Can I keep filling out a request or is it all just gone? I was unclear on what to do so I still verified that I’m a student. What is the best way to go about this? I’m not trying to commit fraud, but I want to know what to do?

A: Under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR), once you are discharged, you lose your GI Bill benefits. Contact the VA immediately, through WAVE, and let them know when you were discharged from the ARNG.

What I’m afraid will happen is you will get into an overpayment situation – the VA is still paying you benefits even though you don’t have the Montgomery GI Bill– Selected Reserves any longer. That can get to be quite a mess with the VA Debt Management Center to get straightened out and to get the money paid back. The longer you delay contacting them, the more chance of an overpayment. Good luck!

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