The New Year is beginning with some major updates to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. On January 4, President Barack Obama signed into law the Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, which brings important changes to the GI Bill and other education benefits for veterans, especially for wounded warriors and disabled veterans.
Some changes are effective immediately, while others will begin over the summer or in the fall. For instance, some National Guard members who served on active duty will receive benefits, but not until October. Beginning in August, the tuition and fee rates for public schools will be simplified, and a national rate for private or foreign schools will go into effect. The new Post -9/11 GI Bill will now provide reimbursement for fees paid for multiple license and certification tests for students; previously only one test was paid for.
Beginning in October, active-duty students will receive a stipend for textbooks and class fees. Students under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be able to use their benefits for non-college degree programs such as, on-the-job training, flight (for other than a private pilot license) at flight schools, apprenticeship training and correspondence courses. The monthly housing stipend received by disabled veterans will be increased by several hundred dollars, as well.
Many education programs are available to wounded or disabled veterans. Talk to the education adviser at your base or school to learn which one is right for you. You can also find help from veteran service organizations such as Student Veterans of America.