VA to Fight Court Decision Giving Extra Year of Education Benefits to Thousands of Veterans

Veterans Affairs officials have appealed a federal court ruling granting thousands of veterans an extra year of college tuition benefits, likely delaying final resolution on the issue for at least a few more months.

Department attorneys on Friday filed paperwork to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to consider the case of “BO vs Wilkie,” which centers around VA’s practice of making veterans relinquish their Montgomery GI Bill eligibility in order to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill payouts.

The case could eventually cost the department billions of dollars in new education payouts if the courts continue to rule against VA.

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