Cameron University's Office of Veterans Affairs advises all veterans to learn about the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 and which provides benefits for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. Details about the bill can be found online at www.gibill.va.gov, which features extensive information about this new V.A. educational benefit program. CU will also provide individualized counseling about the new benefits.
"It's critical for veterans to have an understanding of what the bill provides," says Vicki Henson, CU Coordinator of Veteran Affairs. "Once they determine if the bill applies to them, they need to determine which benefit is best for them, as many veterans are eligible for multiple chapters of VA educational benefits. It is critical that students understand the differences between the chapters and the benefits offered in each."
Henson recommends that VA educational recipient students or potential students first read about the new benefits on the VA website, then contact CU's Office of Veterans Affairs to schedule an appointment for individualized advisement about the benefits. She stresses that current and potential students should consider their options very carefully before applying for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, as it is an irrevocable election.
"We would like to discuss the new benefits with our students on an individual basis after they have read about the bill on the VA website, although we will not tell a veteran which chapter they should select," says Henson. "The Post-911 G.I. bill provides a great new benefit, but it is very complex. We want our students to fully understand their choices and be able to make an informed decision about what is the most financially advantageous chapter of VA educational benefit for them to use while attending Cameron University. It is very important for students to consider all educational benefits that may be available to them, both state and federal."
Henson adds that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is currently in the process of mailing notification letters to all potential Post-9/11 G.I. Bill eligible personnel.
The Cameron University Veteran Affairs office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and is located on the CU campus in Room 332 of the North Shepler Tower. For more information, call 580-581-2301.
April 16, 2009