Issues & Advocacy
 

G.I. Bill Benefits Eligibility and Flexibility Expansion

THE ISSUE
Since 2008, National Guard members earn limited Post–9/11 G.I. Bill benefits when serving on active duty.

THE FIX

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 expanded Post–9/11 G.I. Bill eligibility for National Guard members, including:

  • Increased benefit accrual for reserve-component members who serve fewer than 36 months on active duty
         * For service members on active duty between 90 days and six months, benefit accrual increased from 40 percent of the full benefit to 50 percent of the full benefit
         * For service members on active duty between six to 12 months, benefit accrual increased from 50 percent of the full benefit to 60 percent of the full benefit
  • Elimination of the 15-year cap on using G.I. Bill benefits
  • Increased ability to reallocate transferred benefits to other beneficiaries if sponsor or dependent passes away