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06-21-04, 12:46 PM
VA Secretary Hails "Six Decades of Opportunity" for GI Bill

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2004) - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J.
Principi is marking the 60th anniversary of the "GI Bill of Rights" on June
22, calling it "one of the greatest pieces of legislation in American

"The GI Bill made home ownership and college education available to millions
of Americans," Principi said. "By harnessing the talent and drive of
America's veterans, it created six decades of opportunity for the men and
women who served in uniform."

About 21 million veterans, service members and family members have received
more than $77 billion in GI Bill benefits for education and training since
1944. Administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the
educational program has undergone several major changes over the years. The
current version is the Montgomery GI Bill.

The GI Bill's home-loan guaranty program has been used by 17.5 million
people for loans totaling $830 billion. Last year, more than 90 percent of
participants took advantage of the program's unique no-downpayment feature.

"VA is proud to play a part in holding open the door to the American dream
for millions of veterans," Principi said. "We will continue this legacy by
looking for new ways to adapt this marvelous program to the changing needs
of veterans."

06-21-04, 02:38 PM
yeah well, I have a problem with the whole GI Bill right about now. <br />
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WHY is the GI Bill only good if you use it withing ten years of your discharge date? I mean, excuse me, it too kme a...

06-21-04, 06:57 PM
The V.A.! lol What a joke!

06-21-04, 08:48 PM

I too waited to long to cash in. The result was a A.A. (2 year) degree under the GI bill. It then ran out.

A wife and three kids---it was time to return to work.

My suggestion to all young vets is to jump on the opportunity and use it, as soon as you can!

Semper Fi

06-21-04, 11:48 PM
yeah, guess I didn't do ENOUGH. didn't give up enough of my life to have just MAUBE earned the right to take my time in deciding what it is I want to do with my life.

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I HADN'T made it out of my enlistment. I mean, what the hell? All I gave up was my life, 24/7 for four years, as an 0311. I swear, sometimess......

06-22-04, 08:33 AM
I am not as up to date on my knowledge of education benefits.
I do know that service connected veterans can get vocational rehabilitation. I did and it was awesome. I didn't pay for one pencil! Yet, I haven't finished school either! I am 33 and still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!

Here is a link to the GI bill page from VA.