Important Information & Press Releases


Forever GI Bill - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act
The President signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” which will bring significant changes to Veterans education benefits. The law is named after the American Legion national commander who wrote the original GI Bill language in 1944, and will allow more Veterans to use the GI Bill and more time to use it. Some of the changes will go into effect immediately, and some are written to go into effect shortly after.
Some new provisions that go into effect immediately include:
·        The 15-year time limitation for using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is eliminated for Veterans who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013, and qualifying dependents (Fry children who became eligible on or after January 1, 2013 and all Fry spouses).
·        Reservists who had eligibility under the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) and lost it due to the program sunset provision will have that service credited toward the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.
·        Certain work-study is permanently authorized; previously it had to be re-approved by Congress every few years.
·        The VetSuccess on Campus program will be available to students across the country
·        VA will help Veterans to more clearly identify schools that offer them priority enrollment
The majority of the changes enhance or expand education benefits for Veterans, Servicemembers, Families and Survivors.  Simple breakdowns to a portion of the provisions can be found here
·        See communications on the Forever GI Bill
·        Take advantage of your local Veterans Service Officers to help you navigate the new information. 
·        Join the conversation on VA's Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.
·        Announcements will be made on the GI Bill homepage.
·        As always, the Education Call Center is available at 1-888-442-4551 (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST) for any questions about GI Bill benefits.
July 20, 2018 12:45 PM
Effective 7/20/19, eligibility to transfer benefits will be limited to Sevicemembers with less than 16 years of active duty or selected reserve service. Contact your military branch representative with any questions. See DoD's announcement.

 Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014
On August 7, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146) (“Choice Act”). Technical revisions to the Choice Act were made on September 26, 2014, when the President signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-175).
VA’s goal continues to be to provide timely, high-quality healthcare for Veterans. Veterans and VA employees nationwide understand the need for reform, and VA is committed to putting these reforms into place.
As this process continues to move forward, VA will work with other Departments, Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that provisions are implemented as quickly and efficiently as possible.
For press inquiries and more information about the Choice Act, please contact the Office of Public & Intergovernmental Affairs Media Relations.

Payment of Benefits Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty (Section 702) 


March 2, 2012 1:45 PM

Direct Deposit Now Available for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Recipients

If you receive DEA you can now sign up to have your benefits delivered via direct deposit.* To sign up for direct deposit you will need to know the type of
account (checking or savings) you want your direct deposit sent to, your bank’s 9-digit routing number, and your account number.

If you don’t know your routing and/or account number, contact your bank for the information. Once you have your account type, routing number, and account number, you can sign up for direct deposit by:

  • Calling the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-GI-Bill-1 (1-888-442-4551)
  • Completing the direct deposit application located HERE (you should select “Education” under Type of Benefit) and mail it to:

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    125 S. Main Street, Suite B
    Muskogee OK 74401-7004

    *Direct deposit is only available for beneficiaries with a U.S. mailing address.

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