Veterans, Dependents May Access Education Benefit

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

New benefits for the Chapter 33 G.I. Bill were the topic of discussion Monday at an informational meeting at MSU Meridian. Those new benefits are not just available to veterans.

The benefits can be transferred to, and used by, dependents and spouses of those who are on active duty or are deployed.

"A tremendous amount of dependents are beginning to go to school because of the benefits now available to be able to transfer to them," said David Blair, veterans outreach coordinator.

The benefits include one hundred percent tuition and books. And veterans now receive 48 months of benefits. Before, it was 36 months.

"The big help with the new Chapter 33 benefits is that an individual will be able to pay completely all of the tuition and still get a living stipend," Blair said.

That living stipend can be used for rent or food or any other necessities.

Even locally, there could be a huge impact.

"The big impact in this area is the Air Guard Base, because those that are employed full time at the Air Guard Base are on Title 10 status, which means they are on active duty status," said Blair. "So they are able to transfer their benefits to their dependents and spouses."

The new benefits became available Aug. 1, 2009.

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