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Since its introduction in 1944, millions of Veterans and service members have used the GI Bill to pay for their college tuition.
The latest iteration of the legislation, called the Post-9/11 GI Bill, offers Veterans, service members and their families a number of lesser known benefits that can help towards educational costs.
“The benefits are just unbelievable. While everyone else is working and scraping through college, you don’t have to,” says Curtis, a Marine Corps Veteran, about the Post-9/11 GI Bill. “You can concentrate on your studies and that transition into becoming a civilian again.”
Funds for private schools
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will help pay tuition for a public school, but the tuition and fees associated with private school or an out-of-state school may exceed the amount the GI Bill covers. For Veterans who want to attend a private, out-of-state or graduate school, the Yellow Ribbon Program can help, click here to learn more. Institutions that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program contribute additional funds for Veterans without affecting GI Bill entitlement, and VA matches it.
Reimbursement for test fees
Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill can get reimbursed for test fees. This means that Veterans or service members can get reimbursed for the fees they pay to take the SAT, ACT, the graduate school exam (GRE), even the LSAT and MCAT for law and medical school admissions.
Transferable educational benefits to a family member
Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, there is an option to transfer benefits to a service member’s spouse or children, click here to learn more. The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not the benefit can be transferred. Once DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.
Rob, an Army Veteran, said the process of transferring to his son was seamless. “Once [that was complete] VA had accepted the transfer and understood that this was my desire, the money was waiting for him to apply for those funds.”
Scholarship for children of fallen service members
“Every child of every fallen in line of duty receives it,” says Malia, a Marine Corps widow, of the Fry Scholarship. “It’s not based on grades. It’s not based on any qualifications. You have it. It’s yours.”
Named in honor of Malia’s husband, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Those eligible may receive up to 36 months of benefits, including full tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance and a supplies stipend.
Click here to learn more about these and other VA benefits.
A U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicle burst into flames on the side of a Polish roadway on Saturday, the Army confirmed on Monday.
A memo circulating over the weekend warning of a "possible imminent attack" against U.S. soldiers in Germany was investigated by Army officials, who found there to not be a serious threat after all.
The U.S. Navy will name its fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, an iconic World War II sailor recognized for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack, according to reports in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and U.S. Naval Institute News.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.
Comedian Jon Stewart has joined forces with veterans groups to make sure service members who have been sickened by toxins from burn pits get the medical care they need, according to the Military Officers Association of America.
"Quite frankly, this is not just about burn pits — it's about the way we go to war as a country," Stewart said during his Jan. 17 visit to Washington, D.C. "We always have money to make war. We need to always have money to take care of what happens to people who are selfless enough, patriotic enough, to wage those wars on our behalf."
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Editor's Note: A version of this article originally appeared on the blog of Angry Staff Officer
This morning, the Virginia state capitol in Richmond saw dozens of armed men gathering to demonstrate their support for the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution – the right to bear arms. These men were not merely bearing arms, however; they were fully accoutered in the trappings of what one would call a paramilitary group: helmets, vests, ammunition pouches, camouflage clothing, and other "tactical" necessities, the majority of which are neither tactical nor necessary. Their weapons, too, are bedecked with all sorts of accessories, and are also in the paramilitary lane. Rather than carry rifles or shotguns that one would use for hunting, they instead carry semi-automatic "military grade" weapons, to merely prove that they can.
This is not an uncommon sight in America. Nor has it ever been. Armed groups of angry men have a long and uncomfortable history in the United States. On very rare occasions, these irregulars have done some good against corrupt, power-hungry, and abusive county governments. For the most part, however, they bode no good.