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I was honorably discharged from active duty in the Marine Corps in 2001 and I participated in the GI Bill.  I have not yet used it to go to school, but I would like to.  Am I still eligible to receive benefits? - Jason

If you mean that by participating you made the $1,200.00 worth of payments into the Montgomery GI Bill then you are eligible for education benefits.  However, the clock is ticking.  You are eligible to start using this benefit for up to ten years from the date of your honorable discharge.

Depending on the actual date of discharge in 2001 you do not have a great deal of time left to select a school, get enrolled and start your course work.  You may need to start not later than this fall if you were discharged in the first quarter of 2001.

You can find the benefits and timelines available to you under the Montgomery GI BIll by going to www.Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30).

You also want to look at what your particular state offers.  Another course of action is to look at what your state offers.  All 50 states and three of the four territories have a variety of educational benefits available to  veterans, spouses and dependents.  You can find what your state has to offer by going to www.va.gov/statedva.html. Select your state and see what they have to offer you.

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Filled Under: G.I. Bill, MGIB, Military Education Benefits, State Programs - Bob Boone @ May 27th, 2010
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