Eligibility: You may be an eligible veteran if you have an Honorable Discharge, AND you have a High School Diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours of college credit, AND you meet the requirements of one of the categories below:
Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985
Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months
Continuously served for 3 years, OR 2 years if that is what you first enlisted for, OR 2 years if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served 4 years ("2 by 4" Program)
Entered active duty before January 1, 1977
Served at least 1 day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within 1 year of leaving active duty and served 4 years)
On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-Era GI Bill
Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II
On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91,
OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93,
OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program
Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1200
On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97
OR entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89 AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96, through 7/8/97
Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1200 lump-sum contribution.
Application Process: In order to apply for this benefit you will need to log into VONAPP. In creating this application you need to remember that the VA file number is your SSN. If you are unsure which benefits apply for or which benefits are available to you please contact your VA Coordinator. At the end of the application it is very important that you Submit and Certify your application. After this is done print off a paper copy and ensure that a copy of it gets to the VA Coordinator; mail, fax and e-mail are all acceptable formats. It is important that this is received as this is how we process you into the VA system.
What happens next? After this is received by the VA they will send you an auto response letter saying that they have received your application, it will take 4-8 weeks to process and not to contact them. This usually arrives in your mailbox 7-10 days after your application. After this the next letter you will receive will be the certificate of eligibility. As soon as this is received you need to ensure that you get a copy of it to your VA Coordinator.
Pay: In order to recieve payment you must log into WAVE on the last day of every month that you are enrolled and certify your enrollment.