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VEAP (Veterans' Educational Assistance Program)

You may be eligible for VEAP benefits if you meet all of these requirements:

  • You entered service for the first time between 1/1/1977 and 6/30/1985 (for all branches other than Air Force)
  • You opened and put money into your VEAP account before 4/1/1987
  • You put in $25-$2700 on your own
  • You finished your first period of service and did not receive a dishonorable discharge.

If you served in or are serving in the Air Force, you must meet these additional requirements:

  • You entered service for the first time between 12/1/1980 and 9/30/1981
  • You enlisted in one of these Air Force specialties: 20723; 20731; 20830; 46130; 46230A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, or Z; 46430; or 81130
  • You enlisted in one of these locations: Beckley, WV; Buffalo, NY; Dallas, TX; Fargo, ND; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle, WA; Sioux Falls, SD; Syracuse, NY\

if you are currently on active duty, you must at least 3 months of contributions available to use your veap benefits

For additional information about using VEAP benefits, please visit this website.

Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901)

The Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901) was created by the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1981. Unlike other GI Bills, the eligibility window for this one was very narrow. Enlistees had to enter active duty after September 30, 1980, but before October 1, 1981. For those enlisting under the Delayed Entry Program, their entry date was extended to October 1, 1982.

This program was unique from all other GI Bill programs in that individuals had to be selected by the service branch to participate, so consequently not everyone entering active duty during the eligibility period qualified for benefits. The Air Force restricted eligibility to those enlisting only in certain specialties and from certain recruiting locations. Section 901 participation did not require any monetary contribution from servicemembers, unlike the $1,200 contribution required by the Montgomery GI Bill that came along in 1984. For more information on this program, visit this website.

National Call to Service Program

If you performed a period of national service, you may qualify for the National Call to Service program. This program allows you to choose an education benefit as an alternative to the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). To find out if you qualify, visit this website website for more information.

VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) Hire Heroes Act 2011

The Veterans Opportunity to Work Hire Heroes Act of 2011, Public Law 112-56 Subtitle C, Section 235, Section 2108a, Treatment of Certain Individuals as Veterans, Disabled Veterans, and Preference Eligibles, dated November 21, 2011, allows military service members to begin their Federal job search process within the Executive Branch prior to separation from the military. This new flexibility facilitates a service member’s seamless transition from the armed forces to civil service job opportunities throughout the Federal Government.

It allows service members to leverage the skills he or she gained while on active duty and apply them as a member of the civil service. Additionally, it benefits the Federal Government by allowing it to continue to receive services from individuals in whom the Federal Government has already invested training resources and employ individuals with a proven history of Federal service.

The Act allows Federal employment officers to consider service members as a Veteran or Disabled Veteran who qualifies for Veterans preference for the purposes of appointments to Federal competitive service positions, if the service member:  

  •   Meets all qualification and eligibility requirements for the job opportunity;  
  • Submits certification that they expect to be discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions; and
  •   Separation from the armed forces will occur within 120 days after the date of the certification submission.

For more information, visit this website.

Test Fees for CLEP, National Exams

See if there are other tests, licenses or certification fees GI Bill will cover for your benefits by visiting this website.