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GI Bill benefits are slow

Posted at 3:47 PM on February 8, 2010 by Molly Bloom
Filed under: Accessing benefits, Education

From Ross Holtan, Minneapolis, MN
Left the army as a Specialist (E-4). Was stationed in Germany with the First Infantry Division. Deployed to both Kosovo and Iraq.

If you're going back to school, when it comes to the VA, have patience and plan ahead. I started school again this September, but did not receive my GI Bill benefits until November. I know. Crazy.

Despite applying for the GI Bill back in June, registering for classes in July and officially certifying my enrollment in August, I attended school without benefits for almost four months.

I called the VA almost every single day, but was only able to contact a real person twice. We were disconnected once, and it took me five weeks to get back through.

Plan ahead. Save a little money just in case. The payments eventually came, but I was in pretty rough shape towards the end.

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