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Montgomery GI Bill Questions

What is the Montgomery GI Bill?

The Montgomery GI bill is one of the many benefits that an individual may receive when they enlist for the armed forces in the US. According to this, the individual may receive monthly education benefits on completion of active duty. He/she may have to serve a minimum time to be eligible for these benefits. Given below are some of the important questions about the Montgomery GI Bill that have been answered by Experts.

Would an individual with an other than honorable discharge qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill?

An individual with an other than honorable discharge may not qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill. The individual may have to apply for an upgrade to an honorable discharge if he/she has to qualify.

For how long would an individual be eligible for the benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill if he/she was a part of the selective reserves?

An individual who was a part of the selective reserves may be eligible for the benefits of the Montgomery GI bill for a period of 10 years from the date he/she qualified for the benefits if it was before October 1, 1992. If he/she qualified for the benefits on or after October 1, 1992, he/she may be eligible for a period of 14 years. The individual’s eligibility may be extended if he/she was unable to attend the training due to a service related disability.

Would a service member get a refund of their contributions to the Montgomery GI Bill if they do not get the benefits?

An individual may not get a refund of their contributions to the Montgomery GI Bill if they do not get its benefits. The individual may get a refund only if they receive an honorable discharge, makes the $1200 contribution and elects for the post 9/11 GI bill instead of the Montgomery Bill.

Would a military personnel have to pay a contribution if an individual wants to obtain the benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill?

A military officer may have to make a contribution of $1200 if they want to obtain the benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill. The individual also may not get any benefits if they do not contribute.

Would an officer with a general discharge under honorable conditions be eligible for the Montgomery Bill?

An officer with a general discharge under honorable conditions may not be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill.

Would an individual with a general discharge be eligible for the benefits of the GI bill if he/she has been honorably discharged previously?

If an individual has been honorably discharged previously and is able to show a DD form 214 to prove the status of the discharge, he/she may be eligible for the benefits of the GI bill.

For how long would an individual have to be in active duty to be eligible for the GI Bill?

An individual may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill if he/she served in active duty for a minimum period of 90 days after September 10, 2001.

The GI bill and its different features and benefits may be difficult to understand at times. It can get confusing if you try to get all the information regarding this bill on your own. You may consult an Expert if you need help in understanding the various aspects of the Montgomery GI Bill.

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Recent Montgomery GI Bill Questions

  • can i sue the department of veterans affairs if they messed

    can i sue the department of veterans affairs if they messed up my credit?
    I was erroneously discharged out of the army, they produced paperwork that stated I never went to AIT MOS School and i did, they just have the paperwork. They ended up collecting my Montgomery GI bill Kicker because they said my contract wasn't fulfilled. I produced documentation of the DD214 that said I had been to AIT and was still in the army and the army revoked the discharge orders. I contacted the VA and they agreed that it was an unfair incident, and they have since re-awarded me the GI Bill and its educational entitlements, however they are not removing the collection terms off my account.
  • If I get discharged for depression caused by an improper diagnosis

    If I get discharged for depression caused by an improper diagnosis and therefore using the wrong medicine, which without going into too much detail basically caused me to have somewhat severe depression and anxiety, what kind kind of discharge could I expect? And how would my GI bill be affected? I've been in for 15 months.
  • Joined US Marine Corps on April 20, 2008 as a basic electrician.

    Joined US Marine Corps on April 20, 2008 as a basic electrician. Paid $100.00 for my first 12 months into the Montgomery GI Bill. Was discharge general under honorable conditions for BCP. I was deployed to Afghanistan. After coming back they started up the process for BCP in May of 2010. In July of that year, during the 96 liberty for Independence Day, I got into a car accident that shattered my right fibula just above my ankle. I was in no way at fault. My doctor at the time had "reset" my leg and sent me on my way and waited until October to finally refer me to another doctor, who immediately told me I had needed surgery and scheduled it for the 10th of November. They reshaped the bone because of a horrible bone spur that had developed had to cut and separate the bone and add two bone graphs to get the bone back to proper length and added a plate with several screws to secure it all. It took to next April to were I could walk again without aid and my provider took me off limited duty. I then had about a month to get back into shape and into Marine Corp body fat composition standards. In the end I was an inch off and, according to my command, I was out of chances after one year. They started processing me for separations. I continued to serve and was recommended by all my command to be separated honorably. On November 1, 2011 I was officially discharged from active duty. I am current receiving 50% compensation.

    I would just like to know two things:
    1) Do I have any grounds to appeal my discharge?

    2)Can I still receive my educational benefits like the Montgomery GI Bill I payed into or the post 9-11 GI Bill?
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