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New GI bill for veterans takes effect tomorrow

The new veterans Education Assistance Act  is a praise-worthy compensation for veterans of the military Reserve and National Guard who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. This particular group of veterans had not, as yet, received adequate benefits, at least in comparison to the troops now in active duty.

On Saturday, August 1, 2009, the new GI Bill takes effect, after having been signed into law by President Bush in the year 2008. The bill will provide for enhanced educational programs for veterans and reservists who  take advantage of the opportunity.

Those who have served in the United States military since the 9/11 disaster will be able to take part in the new program, which guarantees them financial aid for education. The new GI Bill is a close relative of the Montgomery GI Bill, with up-to-date enhancements.

Are you eligible?

  • All member of the United States Armed Forces in active duty are eligible.
  • Those veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who were honorably discharged after a minimum of 90 days of active duty since 9/11 are eligible.
  • Veterans with 90 days of active duty, with an honorable discharge who were categorized as retired or put on the temporarily disabled retired list are eligible.
  • Veterans who were honorably discharged due to disability or hardship after 9/11, who served for a minimum of 30 days are eligible.

What do you get?

  • Tuition and fees
  • A reasonable housing allowance
  • Up to $1,000 annually for books and supplies per year for those not presently involved in active duty.
  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers up to 36 months of benefits, and limits veterans to two years of VA educational benefits.

The American Legion Mall is located in downtown Indianapolis. This stirring tribute to the noble fallen covers two blocks of the best real estate in Indianapolis and houses the American Legion National Headquarters.

American Legion Mall
National Headquarters Indianapolis Office
700 N Pennsylvania St
PO Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
317.630.1200
Fax: 317.630.1223

See details about the new GI Bill

The American Legion, based out of Indianapolis, the capitol of Indiana, has launched an official website to publicize details about the new GI Bill for Veterans: American Legion website