Veteran GI Bill Education Benefits Should NOT expire after 10 years.

Veterans who complete their military service agreements should be allowed to used their benefits when they choose.


In the spring of 2009 Travis entered college for the first time. He was laid off from his job of nearly 9 years as an Aviation Mechanic "due to changing global economic conditions."

Travis had served active duty with the US Marine Corps from August 1995 thru August 1999 and received several awards and accommodations for his service. While in the Marines he paid a portion of his earning into the GI bill program in order to maximize his benefits for college.

After active duty Travis was obligated to remain on reserve status until April 21, 2003. Travis received an Honorable Discharge on June 27, 2003.

Despite having never used his Montgomery GI Bill Education Benefits Travis was told by the school education officer his benefits would expire 10 years from his last date of active military service.

This rule gave Travis only 2 semesters of benefits when he was entitled to 36 months of benefits.

Many US military veterans have life circumstances that prevent them from using their benefits immediately out of military service. Therefore it is important that:

GI BILL EDUCATION benefits should NOT expire until after the 36 months of benefit entitlement has been used by the veteran.