Thousands of Tennessee veterans haven’t received GI Bill benefits for months. Here’s why.

Staff Sgt. Robert Baker was so stressed about money that he made a “spur of the moment decision” and dropped out of all his classes.

It was already October and he hadn’t received his GI Bill benefits for the start of his fall semester at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

The 30-year-old communications major and his wife, in her last semester of nursing school, are full-time students. At home, they have three young kids, ages 2 to 6.

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