What Chapter am I?
As a Veteran, you may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits.
Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30) - If you are currently in service, you may be eligible after two years of active duty. If separated from service, you may be an eligible veteran if:
- entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
- received a high school diploma or equivalent before the end of your first obligated period of service
- received an honorable discharge
- continuously served for three years or two years if that is what you first enlisted for or two years if you have an obligation to serve four years in the Selected Reserve AND entered Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (Chapter 31) - This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare, find, and keep suitable jobs. Veterans are eligible if they:
- Have received, or will receive an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge
- Have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% with a serious employment handicap or 20% or more with an employment handicap
- Apply for VR&E services
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) - Eligible individuals include those who serve on Active Duty at least 90 aggregate days after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service. (Individuals must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible). To be eligible for 100% of the benefit, veteran must have served an aggregate of 36 months of continuous service after September 10, 2001.
Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) - education benefit for eligible spouses and dependents. To be eligible, you must be the dependent of one of the following:
- A veteran who died, or is permanently and totally disabled, as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
- A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
- A service member missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force.
- A service member forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- A service member hospitalized or receiving outpatient care for a VA determined service-connected permanent and total disability may be eligible for DEA benefits.
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) - An education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve. You may be considered an eligible reservist or National Guard member if:
- After June 30, 1985, you signed a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve, AND
- You completed your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT), AND
- You got your High School Diploma or GED before you completed your IADT, AND
- You are in good standing in a drilling Selected Reserve Unit.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program REAP (Chapter 1607) - An education program for members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and National Guard, who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress. A member of the Reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S. Code, for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation, is eligible for REAP. There is no specific time frame to use REAP; however, your eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves. National Guard members are eligible if their active service extends for 90 consecutive days or more and their service is:
- Authorized under section 502(f), title 32, U.S. Code,
- Authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency, and
- Supported by federal funds.