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The President signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act also known as the "Forever GI Bill," which will bring significant changes to Veterans education benefits. The law is named after the American Legion national commander who wrote the original GI Bill language in 1944 and will allow more Veterans to use the GI Bill and more time to use it. Some of the changes will go into effect immediately, most will not. The majority of the changes enhance or expand education benefits for Service members, Veterans, and family members.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Forever GI Bill.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Montgomery GI Bill for active duty and Reserve members.
National Call to Service Incentive program is a benefit provided to those who perform a period of national service. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by VA. These incentives range from cash bonuses, student loan repayment, and varying levels of GI Bill eligibility.
If you are eligible for the GI Bill, you can be reimbursed by the VA for all required (mandatory) fees charged for national admission tests and national tests for college credit.
CLICK HERE for a list of funded national exams and reimbursement details.
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits.
The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30,1985 AND elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.