Saturday, December 20, 2008

GI Bill Implementation Plan

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or “New GI Bill” has been enacted into law, but how will it be implemented in reality is yet to be seen. reports:
"VA Outlines Plans for New GI Bill Implementation - November 25, 2008

On Tuesday, November 18, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs offered details on their implementation plans for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. Keith Wilson, Director of the Office of Education Service, unveiled their interim plan to meet the requirements of benefits delivery in the short-term and long term.

According to Wilson, VA has begun improving the current information technology (IT) system internally in order to meet the August 2009 deadline and he expects to keep this system in place until November 2010.

Wilson told congress that the plan relies on increased automation and an expected increase in staffing of as much as 400 employees. The report indicates that VA will begin hiring in January and expects to be fully staffed by March 2009.

Mr. Wilson also detailed their long-term plan, expected to go into effect near the end of 2010. The long-term plan will rely on support from the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to help develop a permanent rules-based automated system.

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VA’s GI Bill Implementation Timeline

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You are also encouraged to visit the VA GI Bill website to make sure you fact-check all the rumors and completely understand the new benefit and its purpose"

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Kudos to for reporting on this and other important issues. Check out its GI Bill Overview! And, when in doubt, check the official GI Bill website:, especially its GI Bill FAQ.

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