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If I Chapter Out Due to Family Care Plan, Will I Keep My MGIB?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Will I be able to keep my MGIB if I were to take a family care plan chapter?

A: The Family Care Plan Chapter discharge in itself won’t have an effect on your Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) – it is how they characterize your term of service that will determine if you are eligible to use your GI Bill or not. Anything less than fully Honorable, will nix your GI Bill. Ask your chain of command how they plan to characterize your service before you get discharged. They should be open and honest with you about what they plan to do.

If they are going to give you a bad character of service, then make sure you have explored all your family care options. Consider the ramifications before doing this though, if it will affect your GI Bill.

If you do take a bad character of service, and you think you can prove it is wrong, you can appeal it by submitting DD Form 293 to the Board of Corrections and ask to change it to Honorable. They are never any guarantees they will change it, and it can take up to six months to get a decision, but at least it is an avenue of appeal.

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