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If I Take Medical Leave from School, Will My Monthly Payments Stop?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I am currently a full-time student at a private college working on my A.S. in Science, in their Veterinary Technology Program, using my Chapter 30 benefits. If I take a medical leave of absence from school, will my monthly payments stop until I return to school?

If so, are there any other benefits out there for that situation? I support my daughter and myself with just my monthly GI Bill payment. I have to make a decision soon as I have already missed a lot of school because of my medical issue. But there is no way I can take an LOA if my benefits would be put on hold. PLEASE HELP ME!!! The stress from this is seriously making my condition worse, and I’m not joking. Thank you.

A: I’m sorry to hear about your medical issue, but unfortunately you have to go to school to collect GI Bill benefits. Depending on how long you are out of school, and cannot attend due to your medical issue, you might want to consider requesting an extension of your delimiting date, if that date is approaching soon and you will lose benefits due to your medical issue.

A long-term medical issue is one of the reasons the VA will consider when deciding if you qualify or not for a delimiting date extension. Two others are recalled back to active duty or detained by a foreign power.

If you have a lot of time left before your reach your date, then it probably isn’t an issue. You have 10-years from your date of discharge to use up your Montgomery GI Bill entitlements.

I wish you the best of luck and take care of yourself.

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