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Due to technical difficulties with the Facebook live stream, the Woman Veterans Series: Advice on Transitioning, Employm...
09/17/2020

Due to technical difficulties with the Facebook live stream, the Woman Veterans Series: Advice on Transitioning, Employment and Building Business has been rescheduled for Sept. 21, 2020, from 1:00 - 1:30 PM ET.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs apologizes for any inconvenience this may have created for our Veterans and supporters. We are currently addressing the technical difficulties and look forward to hearing from you during future events.

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On this day in 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by the Continental Congress. Kept a secret during its cre...
09/17/2020

On this day in 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by the Continental Congress. Kept a secret during its creation, the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation. This newly adopted Constitution called for a strong central government and included the creation of what we know today as the United States’ three branches of government--executive, judicial, and legislative.

There was just one caveat. Although it had been approved by Congress, the U.S. Constitution would not be fully adopted by the nation until it was ratified by at least nine of the 13 states. It was not until June 21, 1788, that the Constitution was fully adopted, when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

Women Veterans, watch LIVE for advice on transitioning from the military, finding meaningful employment, and what resour...
09/15/2020

Women Veterans, watch LIVE for advice on transitioning from the military, finding meaningful employment, and what resources VA offers for building a business, and preparing for procurement opportunities. This is the first part of four, one-of-a-kind Woman Veteran events discussing resources specific to Women Veterans. On September 16 at 1PM ET, join VA Deputy Secretary Pam Powers, Patty Horoho from OptumServe, Carol Eggert from Comcast, and Michelle Gardener-Ince from VA’s Women Veteran-Owned Small Business Initiatives to learn more about the support available to Women Veterans. Closing remarks provided by Dr. Lynda Davis, Chief Veterans Experience Officer. https://bddy.me/3kkHuzV

Watch LIVE for a one-of-a-kind Woman Veteran FOUR PART series discussing resources including mental health/suicide preve...
09/15/2020

Watch LIVE for a one-of-a-kind Woman Veteran FOUR PART series discussing resources including mental health/suicide prevention, reproductive and sexual health, benefits, appeals, small business support, transitioning to employment, whole health, military sexual trauma, and so much more. https://bddy.me/35EM9IX

Earlier this month, we asked what questions you have about your #GIBill benefits. Over 30 members of this community show...
09/14/2020
Q&A with GI Bill Leadership

Earlier this month, we asked what questions you have about your #GIBill benefits. Over 30 members of this community showed up and shared their top of mind questions.

Today we are excited to release a Q&A video session answering all the questions we received. Tune in to hear from our GI Bill leadership team in this town hall style video: https://bddy.me/2DYYwnI

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions! We’ll be posting the video highlights over the next few weeks covering a variety of topics.

Earlier in September [2020], we asked what questions you had about your #GIBill benefits. We received 34 questions and met with GI Bill leadership to answer ...

With this being the first of the month, and we’re in the middle of the peak enrollment for the Fall semester you may exp...
09/01/2020

With this being the first of the month, and we’re in the middle of the peak enrollment for the Fall semester you may experience longer than expected wait times when trying to contact VA’s Education Call Center. We receive a high volume of calls during the first week of each month. The average wait time can be a few minutes up to an hour. The majority of calls we receive are for payment related issues.

Please remember that your GI Bill Housing Allowance may be deposited anytime during the first week of the month.

VA works claims in the order they are received. Our goal is complete original claims in 28 days from date we receive your application, unless additional information is required. Our goal to complete supplemental claims is 14 days from date of receipt of your enrollment certification from your school.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any delays or inconvenience this may cause. If you are in a serious financial hardship situation, please continue to try and contact us at 1-888-GIBILL-1. You can also submit your question(s) to https://bddy.me/31O14OC

Impact of COVID-19 on Education BenefitsLegislative changes allow VA to pay education benefits regardless of the fact th...
08/28/2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Education Benefits

Legislative changes allow VA to pay education benefits regardless of the fact that a program has been converted from resident training to online training. For GI Bill students enrolled in converted courses (including situations where the school is offering hybrid training [combining online and resident training] or where the school is offering the student the option to choose online training in lieu of resident training), they will continue to receive housing allowance payments at the resident training but only until December 21, 2020.

If a student is enrolled solely online on December 22, 2020, VA will have to reduce housing payments to the online rate effective that date (this means the student will not owe back the resident rate housing received prior to December 22, but will receive a reduced housing payment starting in January 2021 and continuing until the student resumes resident training).

2020 Peak Fall EnrollmentEvery Fall and Spring, VA sees an increase in education claims due to peak enrollments.  This i...
08/28/2020

2020 Peak Fall Enrollment

Every Fall and Spring, VA sees an increase in education claims due to peak enrollments. This is an expected increase and we are positioned to handle the work. VA works claims in the date order they are received. VA expects to continue working the majority of original (first time) enrollment and applications within 28 days and the majority of supplemental (re-enrollments) within 14 days during the Fall 2020 term. Unique factors may cause some students claims to fall outside of these parameters. VA is committed to working these claims as expeditiously as possible.

We are reaching out to your schools and asking them to submit enrollment certificates as soon as possible so we can ensure payments are issued in a timely fashion.

If you have questions, changed your bank account or moved to a new address, please contact VA Education Service to update your information either online at https://bddy.me/31Cx0Wk or at 1-888-442-4551. If we do not have your correct information, we will not be able to issue your payment on time.

Celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the Colmery Act with us today! Take a look at our new VAntage Point post and 3rd annive...
08/17/2020

Celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the Colmery Act with us today! Take a look at our new VAntage Point post and 3rd anniversary video for a deeper dive into some of the Colmery Act’s exciting educational enhancements!

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Today is an important day as we celebrate the signing of the Colmery Act. Three years ago, the Colmery Act was signed in...
08/16/2020

Today is an important day as we celebrate the signing of the Colmery Act. Three years ago, the Colmery Act was signed into law, containing 34 provisions that enhanced and expanded education benefits for GI Bill students.

As of today, 33 of those 34 provisions have been implemented! Last week, we took a look at a few of the provisions and celebrated the successes we have achieved. Now, we ask that you celebrate with us by watching the 3rd Anniversary Colmery video. We look forward to celebrating the ongoing success of our GI Bill students and supporting them by continuing to provide the benefits and resources that help them achieve their education goals.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgz-FE-Ob8M

Are you currently training in a high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field?Learn how the Rogers ...
08/14/2020

Are you currently training in a high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field?

Learn how the Rogers STEM Scholarship may be able to help you. Over 1,500 STEM Scholarships have been awarded to date! Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who have exhausted their entitlement may be eligible for nine months (up to $30,000) of additional benefits.

As you get ready to join the STEM workforce, learn more about your benefit options and the Rogers STEM Scholarship here:
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Today’s the last day to submit questions for our Q&A with GI Bill leadership. Hear some of your questions answered when ...
08/14/2020

Today’s the last day to submit questions for our Q&A with GI Bill leadership. Hear some of your questions answered when we post the video to Facebook at the end of August.

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Did you know that you can use part of your GI Bill entitlement to cover the cost of certain licensing and certification ...
08/13/2020

Did you know that you can use part of your GI Bill entitlement to cover the cost of certain licensing and certification exams and national tests? 4,934 GI Bill Beneficiaries have had their licensing & certification exam fees prorated thus far!


As of August 1, 2020, under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, entitlement charges for approved tests can be prorated based on your eligibility percentage.

Use part of your entitlement to cover certain fees approved under this benefit. Before taking any tests, take a look at what’s being offered and learn more here:
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As you may know, GI Bill students’ Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is now paid based on the physical campus location whe...
08/12/2020

As you may know, GI Bill students’ Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is now paid based on the physical campus location where they attend the majority of their classes.* Previously, GI Bill students were paid MHA based on location of the school’s main or branch campus.

VA has been working hard to fulfill Secretary Wilkie’s promise to make MHA payments whole for GI Bill students who were impacted by these changes and has paid GI Bill students more than $5.2 Million to make their payments whole.

Watch this video to see the impact of the GI Bill as VA spoke to Veterans during the GI Bill School Tour: https://bddy.me/2YaUPlZ

*Congress has passed legislation stating that for any in-person courses that have been converted to online or students will not see a disruption or reduction in monthly housing stipends during the MHA distance learning due to COVID-19, This legislation applies to courses taken between March 1, 2020 and December 21, 2020.

Do you have questions about the back-to-school plans, COVID-19’s impact on benefits, VET TEC, Rogers STEM Scholarship, a...
08/11/2020

Do you have questions about the back-to-school plans, COVID-19’s impact on benefits, VET TEC, Rogers STEM Scholarship, and the overall GI Bill and Colmery Act?

As we start heading back to school, we know GI Bill students have lots of questions. We would like to open up a forum and solicit questions from GI Bill students and answer them in a Q&A session with GI Bill leadership.

Start asking your questions today! We will record our Q&A session, share the video at the end of August, and continue to post video highlights in the following weeks.

This is your opportunity to get answers to your questions!

Submit your questions here: https://bddy.me/31IDQbj

Did you know?You may be eligible for increased benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. As of August 1, 2020, changes to b...
08/11/2020

Did you know?

You may be eligible for increased benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. As of August 1, 2020, changes to benefit levels will increase the amount VA covers for those with fewer months of service. The 50% and 60% benefit levels are now expanded for the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.

Check out the postcard below and learn more about the increased entitlement you could receive for education, training and housing.

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Next week we will celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Colmery Act. We are excited to share the impactful changes it has...
08/10/2020

Next week we will celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Colmery Act. We are excited to share the impactful changes it has brought to education benefits for Veterans and their dependents! Check back in each day as we celebrate different provisions from the Colmery Act.

Have you checked out our GI Bill Comparison tool yet?

Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to compare VA benefits by school, estimate your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA), find tuition rates, and learn about approved educational programs! Compare over 69,000 education locations and see how you can use your benefits. Get your questions answered today and check out the tool to learn more: https://bddy.me/3gWj3r6

Want to find out if you can use your GI Bill benefits to go to your dream school or register for a program right around ...
08/06/2020
GI Bill Comparison Tool

Want to find out if you can use your GI Bill benefits to go to your dream school or register for a program right around the corner from your kid’s babysitter? The GI Bill Comparison Tool at https://bddy.me/2C57aQL, provides an easy way to research schools and programs and see the benefits you are eligible for.

We have been listening to your feedback and made some changes to make it even easier to use:

• Enhanced caution flags to alert you of potential issues with a school or program
• Additional filters and search updates to improve usability and search results
• Updated benefit levels (https://bddy.me/2XBrW1L) effective August 1, 2020, gives you the best possible estimate.

We know this coming school year presents some unique challenges. We are here to support you and assist you in making the best possible choices for your future.

Use our GI Bill Comparison Tool to help you decide which education program and school is best for you. Find out which benefits you’ll get at your chosen school.

As we work to fulfill Secretary Wilkie’s promise to make GI Bill students’ Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments whol...
07/29/2020

As we work to fulfill Secretary Wilkie’s promise to make GI Bill students’ Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments whole, VA would like to thank all School Certified Officials (SCOs) for their support serving the Veteran community.

Last week, we held a workshop for SCOs focusing on the Section 107 Recertification Process, part of the Colmery Act. We appreciate Texas Veterans Commission for hosting this training, which helped increase understanding around the MHA process and ensure that GI Bill students’ MHA is paid in accordance with where they physically attend the majority of their classes.

Education Service pleased to announce the deployment of VSignals surveys to Veterans and claimants who apply for educati...
07/28/2020

Education Service pleased to announce the deployment of VSignals surveys to Veterans and claimants who apply for education benefits, enroll in school, or who receive education benefits.

VA is asking for beneficiary feedback so we can use it for process improvement. It’s important to us to hear from you, our customers, and we will use the results in our customer experience framework:

• We listen to our customers,
• We improve processes, benefits and services based on what we hear, and

• We empower employees to act.

You may receive an email survey from the Veterans Experience Office (VEO) at different touchpoints in the benefits process. The surveys consist of 5 to 7 questions about the process and takes less than three minutes to complete.

If you have questions, please contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday to speak with a representative.

07/24/2020
Support for families and survivors using the GI Bill | Military to Civilian Transition Talk Ep. 3.3

Are you a Veteran looking to navigate Survivor Benefits? Call the VA’s newly created Survivor Benefits Hotline, dedicated to specifically aiding survivors through their specialized benefits packages. Created last month, this hotline is equipped with highly trained agents who are ready to answer all your questions and provide the necessary tools to help you make your best decisions, both in education benefits and other VA benefits offered to survivors.

Learn about the Survivor Benefits Hotline and additional resources for survivors by watching Charmain Bogue, Director of Education Services, discuss this new resource in Military to Civilian Transition Talk: https://bddy.me/32NqOM1.

This segment of Military to Civilian #TransitionTalk features Education Service Executive Director, Charmain Bogue, as she announces a new resource created t...

Are you eligible for increased benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill? Changes to benefit levels effective August 1, 2020 ...
07/20/2020

Are you eligible for increased benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
Changes to benefit levels effective August 1, 2020 increase the amount VA will cover for those with fewer months of service.

With this change, the 40% benefit level is eliminated, and the 60% benefit level is expanded under the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.

Check the GI Bill Comparison Tool to see what support may be available to you and learn more with this postcard:
https://bddy.me/3jjQ02u

Have you heard of the Harry W. Colmery Act?   This piece of 2017 legislation has transformed thousands of lives. Also kn...
07/16/2020
The Colmery Act | Military to Civilian Transition Talk Ep. 3.2

Have you heard of the Harry W. Colmery Act?

This piece of 2017 legislation has transformed thousands of lives. Also known as the Forever GI Bill, the Colmery Act expanded educational programs, created new ones, and enhanced benefits available to Veterans and their families. Opportunities include Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC), a training program for Veterans who want to pursue a career in technology, and the Rogers STEM Scholarship, a program that provides students up to 9 months of additional benefits to their STEM degree.

Learn more about the Colmery Act and programs like VET TEC, the Rogers STEM Scholarship, by watching this Military to Civilian Transition Talk video: https://bddy.me/39ep6oh

This segment of Military to Civilian #TransitionTalk features Education Service Executive Director, Charmain Bogue, as she explains the Colmery Act that was ...

07/15/2020

The “Submit a Question” function is currently experiencing technical issues at this time. We will update this post when further information is made available. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

The "Submit a Question" is back online as of 3:20 p.m. EDT.

Do you have questions on VBA’s education benefits?Tune in as Charmain Bogue, Executive Director of VBA's Education Servi...
07/15/2020
GI Bill Benefits Resources | Military to Civilian Transition Talk Ep. 3.1

Do you have questions on VBA’s education benefits?
Tune in as Charmain Bogue, Executive Director of VBA's Education Service, discusses the resources available to help you navigate your GI Bill benefits. She highlights the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which allows individuals to find VA approved schools, compare benefits and estimate Monthly Housing Allowance.
Learn about this and other GI Bill resources available to Veterans and their families by watching this TED #TransitionTalk: https://bddy.me/32jUBeV.

This segment of Military to Civilian #TransitionTalk features Education Service Executive Director, Charmaine Bogue, as she addresses all the #GIBill resourc...

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