RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines

GI BILL UPDATE August 29, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on August 29th, 2008

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is launching a national outreach program to help veterans prepare for the big increase in GI Bill education benefits that takes effect next year. This includes an online calculator at www.gibill2008.org that gives veterans an idea of how much money they will receive when the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes full effect on 1 AUG 09, with full tuition for people attending four-year public institutions, plus a monthly living expense and annual book allowance. Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA executive director, says the Web site should help answer basic questions about the new program, which has spawned a fair amount of confusion because the details underwent many changes before the final plan was enacted. A 20% increase in GI Bill benefits that took effect this past 1 AUG was just a small first step under the new plan. Full tuition payments, the living stipend, book allowance and other changes will not take effect until next summer so that the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs have time to plan for the big increases. [Source: AirForceTimes Rick Maze article 20 Aug 08 ++]

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