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Types of VA Benefits


Chapter 30-Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Program


RTEmagicC_flagdogtags Who is eligible?

If you are currently in service, you may be eligible after two years of active duty.

If you are separated from service, you may be an eligible veteran if you:

  • Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985.
  • Received a high school diploma or equivalent before the end of your first obligated period of service.
  • Received a honorable discharge.
  • Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you have an obligation to serve four years in the Selected Reserve AND entered Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty.


Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation

Who is eligible?

Veterans who suffered a service-connected disability are entitled to compensation and may be eligible for rehabilitation to overcome the disability for employment as determined by the Veterans Administration. Veterans must be released or discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions.

For more information contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at (800) 827-1000

Chapter 33-The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

Who is eligible?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.  For more information about The Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Yellow Ribbon Program visit  The Post-9/11 GI Bill .

Chapter 35-Survivor’s & Dependent’s Educational Assistance

Who is eligible?

A claimant must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.


Chapter 1606-Montogomery GI Bill Selected Reserves

Who is eligible?

You may be considered an eligible reservist or National Guard member if:

  • After June 30, 1985 you signed a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserves, AND
  • You completed your Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT), AND
  • You received your High School Diploma or GED before you completed your IADT, AND
  • You are in good standing in a drilling Selected Reserve unit.


Chapter 1607-Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Who is eligible?

Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as appropriate.  Generally, a member of a Reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S. Code, for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation, is eligible for REAP.  There is no specific time frame to use REAP; however, your eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves.

National Guard members are eligible if their active service extends for 90 consecutive days or more and their service is:

  • Authorized under section 502 (f), title 32, U.S. Code,
  • Authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a National Emergency, AND
  • Supported by federal funds.