James E. Koutz Chairman National Economic Commission. October 13, 2008. The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33 of Title 38 U.S.C.). Important Notice from NGB-EDU. DISCLAIMER: The effective date of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill is 1 August 2009 .
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October 13, 2008
The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33 of Title 38 U.S.C.)
Individuals who served on active duty after 09/10/01 will be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if the individual—
(after 9/10/01 an individual must serve an aggregate of)
% of Maximum Benefit PayableEligibility Criteria
At least 36 months
At least 30 continuous days on active duty
(Must be discharged due to service-connected disability)
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months
At least 12 months, but less than 18 months
At least 06 months, but less than 12 months
At least 90 days, but less than 06 months
Qualifying active duty does not include the following:
* The inclusion of the reference to Chapter 1606 and the term “Selected Reserve” in this section of the law are undergoing legal review.
In order to retain eligibility, after meeting the service requirements, an individual must—
In general, individuals will remain eligible for benefits for 15 years from the date of last discharge or release from active duty of at least 90 continuous days.
Individuals will generally receive 36 months of benefits. However, individuals are limited to 48 months of combined benefits under educational assistance programs administered by VA.
NOTE: Individuals transferring to the Post-9/11 GI Bill from the Montgomery GI Bill (chapter 30) will be limited to the amount of remaining chapter 30 entitlement.
An individual who has met the requirements to establish eligibility under chapter 33 and, as of August 1, 2009 is
must make an irrevocable election to use benefits under chapter 33.
* The inclusion of the reference to Chapter 1606 in this section of the law is undergoing legal review.
August 1, 2009
Chapter 33 benefits can be paid for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments may be made for training pursued before that date.