Navy Experts Answer Your Questions on the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Story Number: NNS091224-02Release Date: 12/24/2009 10:46:00 AM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy Post-9/11 GI Bill experts Ann Hunter, voluntary education chief for the chief of naval personnel, and Lt. Cmdr. Raquel Gladieux, chief of navy reserve training and education policy officer, answer the most common questions received from active-duty and reserve Sailors and their families. The video series provides an additional resource, available 24/7, to assist Sailors in navigating through the process of claiming Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

* Part 1 - Eligibility: addresses who is eligible for the benefits.
* Part 2 - Use of Post-9/11 GI Bill: explains how the GI Bill may be used in combination with other educational benefits.
* Part 3 - Benefits: focuses on the benefits service members and their families can receive.
* Part 4 - Transferability: focuses on how service members can transfer benefits to their spouse or children.
* Part 5 - Service Obligations: discusses service obligations and policies related to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
* Part 6 - Claims: discusses processing enrollments and how to rectify rejected claims.

To watch the series, go to

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and individuals honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

The GI Bill offers tuition and fees for approved education and training to include graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training offered by an institution of higher learning and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are allowed under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill.

Financial benefits offered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill are based upon the highest public in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. Those who attend more expensive private institutions may find financial assistance through the "Yellow Ribbon Program."

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows private schools to voluntarily agree with the Veterans Administration to jointly cover tuition costs of schools that fall outside of the maximum allotment set by the VA. The school reduces tuition and fees and receives matching funds of the same amount from the VA, reducing the out-of-pocket expense to the beneficiary.

In addition to tuition, the Post-9/11 GI Bill offers a housing allowance equal to the basic housing allowance payable to a military E-5 with dependents in addition to $1,000 annually to cover the costs of books and supplies. Certain eligibility restrictions apply, as discussed in the video.

Another benefit for service members is transferability. Any unused educational benefits may be transferred to either a spouse or dependent children. Family members must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and the service member must be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer, to transfer educational benefits.

For more information, go to or Interested Sailors also may call the Navy Personnel Command customer service desk at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC or speak with their career counselors.

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