Veteran’s Affairs – September 2011

Upcoming Changes in the Post9/11 G.I. Bill

Upcoming changes to the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill effective August 1, 2011 include paying the actual net cost of all public in-state tuition and fees, rather than basing payments upon the highest in-state tuition and fee rates for every state; capping private and foreign tuition at $17,500 per academic year; and ending payments during certain school breaks, to preserve veterans’ entitlement for future academic semesters.  Also, certain students attending private schools in select states can now continue to receive benefits at the same rate payable during the previous academic year.

Beginning October 1, 2011, eligible individuals will be able to use Post 9/11 G.I. Bill programs such as non-college degrees, on-the-job training and correspondence courses, and they will be eligible to receive a portion of the national monthly housing allowance rate when enrolled in distance learning courses.

The VA is implementing the latest round of changes to the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and has already begun processing fall 2011 enrollment certifications.  Outreach by the VA has helped to increase participation by colleges and universities in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps students avoid out-of-pocket costs that may exceed the benefit.  Today more than 2000 schools are participating in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Complete information on the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill is available atwww.gibill.va.gov.  VA’s education information phone number is 1 800 GIBILL-1 or you can log in to the VA

eBenefit Website: www.eBenefits.va.gov.

 

Female Veterans Health Care

Medical Professionals in the VA have gone years without having to treat female patients.  Many, in fact, have never treated a female patient.  That is all changing now that so many women are serving in the military.  The Veterans Affairs Department is now conducting seminars related to treating female patients.

In the past there was limited availability at some VA clinics for gender specific health appointments.  Female veterans had to travel hours to another facility, or the VA had to pick up the bill for them to go to private doctors, if they opted to go at all.  So far the VA has achieved its goal of having a trained designated women’s provider in its 150 medical centers and in at least 60 to 65 per cent of its 900 community based clinics.  Doctors and nurse practitioners by the hundreds are coming to mini residency programs to focus on women’s health issues.

Please keep all our Veterans in your prayers.  God Bless America.