If I Get Out On a Medical Discharge from AIT, What GI Bill Benefits Will I Have?
Q: I have been in the Army since this past February. I am currently in AIT, but have graduated. I was hurt in April while training. I have had treatment for the injury but no progress and they said they are going to med board me. Expected date of my last day of service is sometime in April 2012. Giving me about 14 months in service, all of which were in TRADOC. Is there any way I will be eligible for the Montgomery G.I. Bill? Do I have to do anything to secure that I get it if eligible? Thank you for your time. Hope to hear back soon.
A: If your injury was deemed service-connected (and it sounds like it should be), then you should qualify for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The requirements for service-connected incidents are 30 continuous days of Title 10 service. If you are unsure whether your Medical discharge will be with or without benefits, ask your Command, however, the ultimate deciding body will the be the Medical Board and Physical Evaluation Board.
You made reference to the Montgomery GI Bill, but I’m not sure why. Did you sign up for the MGIB? Since you have been in 9 months, I know you have not completed making your $1,200 contribution (the $100 per month for the first 12 months you were in). Anyway, you would most likely be better off with the Post 9/11 GI Bill when you get ready to request your Certificate of Eligibility by submitting VA Form 22-1990 from the eBenefits website. With the implementation of the GI Bill 2.0 changes, the Post 9/11 GI Bill almost mirrors the MGIB and it pays a lot more.
If you do not get a service-connected medical discharge, then most likely you would not get any GI Bill. Another option you might get is a month-for-month GI Bill entitlement, meaning you would get one month of entitlement for each month you served, or about 14 months of entitlement.
There are too many variables right now to know exactly what you will get. If you end up going through a Medical Board and a Physical Evaluation Board, their findings will in the end determine your GI Bill outcome.