July 14, 2006, Newsletter Issue #24: The Clock Is Ticking

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Sometimes, those in the Armed Forces take their GI Bill education benefits for granted, and they can afford to--so long as they stay in the military. Once a service member goes back to civilian life with an honorable discharge, there is a ten-year time limit on to take advantage of this program, in most cases. Those who don't use the GI Bill within that ten-year period lose the GI Bill education benefit. Those who let ten years pass them by without taking advantage of the GI Bill often regret the decision, especially when it comes to certain kinds of on-the-job training or refresher programs.

Yes, the MGIB does cover these types of training if the programs meet certain requirements! There are some exceptions to the ten-year rule--those with service-connected disabilities are often eligible for exceptions or extended deadlines. Like everything else connected with life after the military, it's up to you to be evaluated, submit requests for extensions and paperwork to take advantage of your GI Bill education benefits. Don't assume the military will take care of these details, instead get some expert advice from your nearest VA representative for the proper forms and mailing addresses.

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