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Veterans Affairs Education Benefits

Veterans Affairs Education Benefits

Your membership in the U.S. Armed Forces may qualify you and your dependents for one or more of the Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are eligible for more than one VA education benefit, you must elect which benefit to receive. You may wish to view a comparison chart or contact a Veterans Affairs Office for guidance.


The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.  Some Servicemembers may also transfer unused GI Bill benefits to their dependents.

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30)

The MGIB-AD program provides education benefits to Veterans and Servicemembers who have at least two years of active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)

The MGIB-SR program provides education benefits to persons who enter into a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and the Army and Air National Guard.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)

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.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP/Chapter 32)

VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E/Chapter 31)

VR&E  is a program designed to help Veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living.

Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance

There are two main GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans.

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