VA Benefits—Eligibility

Montgomery GI Bill:

Persons who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, are generally eligible. Some Vietnam Era veterans and certain veterans separated under special programs are also eligible. The bill also includes a program for certain reservist and National Guard members.

Post 9/11 GI Bill:

Military members who have served at least 90 days of cumulative active duty time since September 11, 2001 or have served 30 days and been discharged due to a service connected disability are typically eligible. Percentage of the benefit ranges from 100% to 40% depending on how much active duty time was served.

Select Reserve GI Bill:

Current actively drilling reservists and National Guard members are eligible.

Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP):
Current actively drilling reservists and National Guard members who have been deployed or upgraded to an active duty status via title 10 or title 32 of the US Code are eligible.

Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance:

Some family members of disabled or deceased veterans are eligible for educational benefits.

Time Limits: Generally, veterans have 10 years from the date they were last released from active duty to use their educational benefits, with exception of the Post 9/11 GI Bill which is 15 years. Spouses generally have 10 years from the date they are found eligible. Children are generally eligible from age 18 until age 26.