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What I Am Eligible for as Far as General and Educational Benefits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I need to know what I am eligible for as far as general and educational benefits.

A: With limited information in your question, I’ll have to answer in general terms. First, I can’t comment as far as what you are eligible for in GI Bill general benefits as I’m only well-versed in educational benefits.

To know what you are eligible for as far as educational benefits, lets look at the two common GI Bills – the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. If you remember signing-up for and paying the $1,200 contribution while you were on active duty, then you may still be eligible for up to 36 months of MGIB benefits. This GI Bill does have a delimiting date of 10 years from your date of discharge, so if you are still inside that time-frame, you still could have some benefits left to use.

If you served for at least 90-days after September 10, 2001 and it has been less than 15 years from your date of discharge (which obviously it still is), then you could qualify for 36 months of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. It is possible you could qualify for both GI Bills, however, you would be limited to a combined maximum benefit of 48 months between both GI Bills. I hope this helps.

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