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Do I Have Benefits Left If I Left Active Duty in 1984 and the Reserves in 1986?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Do I have any benefits left if I left active duty in 1984 and the Reserves in 1986?

A: No from that long ago, your benefits have expired. You would have had the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty back in 1986. However, the MGIB-AD has a shelf life meaning it is only good for a certain number of years from the date of your discharge. Your active duty GI Bill expired 10 years from your date of your last discharge or in 1996.

If you MGIB would not have expired yet, you could have went to school either in a degree or non-degree program such as a trade, technical, certification or licensure, and collected up to $1,421 per month for up to 36 months. It is too bad that you did not take advantage of your GI Bill benefits being you contributed $1,200 to the program, but as you know, time marches on and pretty quick 10 years have passed before you know it.

Unfortunately, unless your were recalled to active duty, detained by a foreign power or temporarily disabled and could not attend classes, there isn’t any recourse to extend or reinstate your benefits.

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