If you’re a veteran looking to go to school, we have some good news! The Department of Veterans Affairs made some major changes to education benefits this month. The VA is now allowing veterans to apply their benefits toward multiple degrees with the new VA Education Policy.
“Effective April 1, 2021, VA will not count veteran entitlement used in the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program against the 48-month rule for education programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill,”
a VA spokesperson said in a statement.
What the VA Has Changed
VR&E, otherwise known as Chapter 31, gives veterans who have a service-connected disability and at least a 10% rating, access to various resources to help them find employment.
According to the VA, now any employers hiring veterans eligible for the benefit can receive a federal tax credit or be reimbursed for up to half of their salary.
Previously VR&E could not be used together with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which covers four years of college for veterans. Those who used the full 48 months of benefits included with VR&E would also be ineligible for the GI Bill — Making this the most significant change to education benefits since the “Forever GI Bill.”
What This VA Education Policy Means
Although the cause of the amendment to the VA education policy is unclear. Many veterans are undoubtedly happy about their decision.
So what does this mean for you?
Since the VA doesn’t count VR&E against other GI Bill benefits; this means essentially, you could earn a CDL license, accounting certificate, or traditional college degree. Then go back to school with the Post-9/11 GI Bill to earn another degree.
Want to learn more? An FAQ VA sent out to students on the changes to benefits can be found here.