VA Changes Education Benefits, Allows Use of Both Veteran Readiness Program and GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made a change this month to education benefits that will expand the opportunities for veterans, reported.

The change has to do with the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program – referred to as Chapter 31 – which allows veterans with a service-connected disability and at least a 10% rating to access resources to find employment.

“Effective April 1, 2021 VA will not count veteran entitlement used in the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program against the 48-month rule for education programs like the post-9/11 GI Bill,” a VA spokesperson said in a statement.

Previously, VR&E could not be used together with the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Those who used the 48 months of benefits in VR&E would be ineligible for the GI Bill.

“Now that VR&E doesn’t count against other GI Bill benefits, a veteran hypothetically could earn a CDL license, accounting certificate or traditional college degree, and then go back to school with the Post-9/11 GI Bill to earn another degree,” according to

To note, although VR&E now does not count against the GI Bill, the reverse is not true. Use of the GI Bill counts against VR&E.


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