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There are a variety of education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To determine your eligibility or which program is right for you, please contact your county veterans service officer or a veterans benefits counselor.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
This benefit is for veterans with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or individual discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Payment rates vary based on length of service. Tuition is paid directly to the university. Students may be eligible for a monthly housing allowance and annual books and supplies stipend. Generally benefits are payable for 15 years following release from active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
This benefit provides a monthly benefit for up to 36 months to eligible veterans. In general, veterans have 10 years to use MGIB benefits following release from active duty.

MGIB Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
This program under the Montgomery GI Bill may be available to a veteran who is a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserves includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves as well as the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. It does not require a person to have service on active duty, to qualify.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program/REAP (Chapter 1607)
REAP is a program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, and National Guard, who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency declared by the President or Congress.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (Chapter 31)
VR&E's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability. To receive benefits a veteran must be found both eligible and entitled.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
This program provides education benefits to eligible spouses or children of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition.

DANTES Troops to Teachers
The purpose of TTT (Troops to Teachers) is to assist eligible personnel transition to new careers as public school teachers in "high-need" schools and school districts. A network of State TTT Offices has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification and guidance concerning the pursuit of employment. The TTT Home Page provides detailed program information and resource links, including links to state Departments of Education, state certification offices, model resumes, and other job listing sites in public education. Wisconsin contact: Steve Campbell at 800-947-8387 or steve.campbell@dva.state.wi.us

Please visit the Department of Affairs website http://www.gibill.va.gov/ for detailed information regarding Federal GI Bill Education Benefits.

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