who served in the armed forces following World War II returned
home desperate for help to get back on their feet and settled
into their new lives as civilians.
In response, the government
enacted the GI Bill in 1944, which offered unemployment compensation,
education benefits, and loans to help them buy their first home
or start a business.
its early implementation, the GI Bill has undergone several major
legislative reviews and overhauls, and today has almost become
synonymous with a full range of benefit programs that assist veterans
of foreign wars as well as those who enlist in peacetime service.
Education Assistance - Post 9/11 GI Bill
its most recent reincarnation passed in 2008, the Post
9/11 GI Bill has come under fire for a new stipulation
with a major change to the GI Bill
college education benefit.
Under the old bill, a standard monthly education stipend was awarded
veterans. Under the new bill, however, individual states now have
a major influence over how much assistance veterans receive for
a result, veterans may receive either a full tuition reimbursement,
or very little, depending on which colleges they attend and in
which US state they are located.
However, it's expected that veteran advocates on the state level
will help campaign to level the playing field..
VA Home Loans
addition to educational benefits, the VA Home Loan
Program offers veterans and active duty personnel (who meet
income requirements and are credit worthy) special terms arranged
by the US Veteran's Affairs Home Loan Guaranty Services, offering
a fast track to home ownership and a more affordable way to acquire
a new home without having to save for a down payment.
The GI Bill also provides a vocational rehabilitation program
for eligible active duty service members and veterans
with disabilities related to their services in the armed forces.
Those eligible can take advantage of vocational and military separation
counseling, a subsistence allowance while training, and help with
finding a job employment assistance after training.
a large number of more severely injured veterans who need health care
or can no longer work, the compensation and disability program
is perhaps the most controversial, since many find the often confusing
benefits application process difficult to navigate without legal
about the GI Bill and veterans benefits around the Web:
the Web, find more on Veterans health benefits, educational and
financial programs for 'survivors' and 'dependents', veterans' burial
benefits, along with insider
guides to successfully applying for a range of other programs
available through the GI Bill and US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Department of Veterans Affairs - GI Bill Benefits - The
complete official guide to how to qualify and apply for available
education benefits, pension, rehabilitation and vocational training,
home loans, life insurance and survivor benefits including fact
sheets, FAQ, a directory of regional offices and related resources.
Bill - Wikipedia - Detailed overview of its history with
more information on educational, financial and vocational benefits
available to US veterans and active duty personnel, with suggested
reading and related resources to more information.