The Montgomery G.I. Bill and the new G.I. Bill are just two of many available to veterans. Like the Montgomery G.I. Bill, lesser known programs may want to be exhausted before switching to the new G.I. Bill so as not to lose out on free money. As you will see, while there is somewhat of a foundation of each of these programs to the Montgomery G.I. Bill, they each have their own stipulations that, unless known to the user, can complicate the flow of free money.
Like the Montgomery G.I. Bill, flight training with the following programs must take place at an institute of higher learning, or a school associated with such. Fees will be reimbursed up to 100 percent, including up to $2,000 per test.
By providing links to these programs to your veteran students (or dependents), they’ll be able to determine if they meet all of the eligibility requirements for the following programs.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35)
Provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)
This is a new Department of Defense program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and the Army and Air National Guard Reserve called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the president or Congress. This new program makes reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or increased benefits.
The Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program and The Educational Assistance Pilot Program (VEAP/Chapter 32)
This program is available for those who first entered active duty between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and elected to make contributions from their military pay to participate in this education benefit program.
National Call to Service (NCS)
This is an incentive program that requires a participant to perform a period of national service to be eligible for benefits. Individuals who participate in this new program have a choice of one of the following incentives:
Coordination with Montgomery G.I. Bill Benefits:
While sorting through the red tape can be frustrating, and not every school is eligible to participate, it’s clear that service members represent a large potential market, and exploring that is worth the time.