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64.120 Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Public Laws 94-502, 99-576, 100-689, 101-237, 102- 16, 102-127, 102-484, 102-568, 103-446, 104-275, 105-114, 105-368; 106- 117, 106-419, 107-103; 38 U.S.C. 3221.
To provide educational assistance to persons entering the Armed Forces after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985; to assist persons in obtaining an education they might otherwise not be able to afford; and to promote and assist the all volunteer military program of the United States by attracting qualified persons to serve in the Armed Forces. In addition, individuals who were on active duty on September 30, 1990, or after November 29, 1993, and who are involuntarily separated from active duty after February 2, 1991, may elect Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits. However, they must have their basic pay reduced by $1,200. Similarly, those who are voluntarily separated after October 23, 1992, under the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or the Special Separation Benefit (SSB) programs, may make such an election. They too must have their basic pay reduced by $1,200. Recent law was changed to permit additional VEAP individuals to elect benefits under the MGIB. To be eligible the individual must have been a participant under chapter 32 on or before October 9, 1996, and must continuously serve on active duty since October 9, 1996, through at least April 1, 2000. There are some other eligibility criteria which must be met. VEAP participants must make this election by November 1, 2001. If you think you may be eligible for the election, you should contact the nearest VA regional office.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Participants may select a program of education to assist them in attaining an educational, professional or vocational objective at any approved educational institution they choose which will accept them as students or trainees. Enrollments in certain courses, such as those which are vocational or recreational in nature, may not be approved. Individuals may pursue certain flight training. Benefits may also be paid for any test that is necessary for licensing and certification needed to enter, maintain, or advance into employment in certain civilian occupations.
Applicant Eligibility: The participant must have served honorably on active duty for more than 180 continuous days beginning on or after January 1, 1977, or have been discharged after such date because of a service-connected disability. Also eligible are participants who serve for more than 180 days and who continue on active duty and have completed their first period of obligated service (or 6 years of active duty, whichever comes first). Participants must also have satisfactorily contributed to the program. (Satisfactory contribution consists of monthly deduction of $25 to $100 from military pay, up to a maximum of $2,700, for deposit in a special training fund.) Participants may make lump-sum contributions. No individuals on active duty in the Armed Forces may initially begin contributing to this program after March 31, 1987.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Contributions to the program will be accumulated from service persons electing to participate in the program; the Department of Defense (DOD) matches the service person's contributions at a rate of $2 for each $1 contributed by the participant. In some cases, additional contributions may be made by DOD.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: The educational allowance will not be paid if the participant does not pursue his or her course in accordance with established policies and regulations of the educational institution he or she attends, and is not making satisfactory progress as required by law and VA Regulations. Certification by the educational institution as to the participant's enrollment must be made for each period for which assistance is sought. Certifications for course enrollment and pursuit not leading to a standard college degree must be made monthly by the participant; for courses leading to a standard college degree, verifications of pursuit are required.
Account Identification: 36-8133-0-7-702.
For fiscal year 2001, there were 2,545 trainees; estimates for fiscal year 2002 and fiscal year 2003 are 1,700 and 1,200 trainees, respectively.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
38 CFR 21.5001 - 21.5270 "Federal Benefits For Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-01-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954.
Regional or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration Field Offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: