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  • #16
    when you say application you are talking bout the application with the school correct?

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    • #17
      Don’t stress, you have it made. If there is some issue, the VA can cut you an emergency check (which you physically go get). Additionally, you will be able to collect unemployment for two years or 3 years with a 12 month college extension. I wish I would have taken advantage of this myself.

      Take advantage of this opportunity, take unemployment, take more classes, and get your degree faster. There is no reason to feel ashamed. You gave a blank check to the government with your life on it; I’d say you earned it.
      Last edited by Ross; 06-12-2011, 07:42 PM.

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      • #18
        Wow, i didn't know about the unemployment for so long nor did i know the school extension. I was told to tell unemployment that i am not going to school cause they would deny me benefits.

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        • #19
          That is how it works in NY State. It could be different for Washington? The VA rep at the Department of Labor instructed me on this, and I got a year + 12month extension for being a full time college student. This was before unemployment became two years. I am assuming you can get 2 years + the extension now. Call your local department of labor office and ask for the VA rep. He or she will explain it to you in more detail.

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          • #20
            When I got out in 04 and moved back into the nest, I collected the full amount of unemployment for NYS (390$/wk) while on terminal leave prior to starting the police academy 3 months later. It was great. Then the Post 9/11 came out. Made the 100% by a couple of days, but it has paid for itself a 100 times over. I have about 19 months left on it and only 10 months left until I get my BA, fully paid for, and collecting BAH (1329$/mo in my area). I'll still have enough to get me a 1/4 of the way thru my MBA.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Ex Army MP View Post
              Anyone here use this? I am learning more about it because many of my clients who are undergoing admin seps are concerned about it. Many are sadly inelligible because they are being separated with a general discharge because this is how their wonderful commanders and first sergeants reward them for putting their lives on the line. Of course some have had prior honorables so they are good to go.
              Really? So these are good, hard working, upstanding, high speed, low drag soldiers whose commanders just out of the blue for no reason decided to separate them from the service with a General Discharge? Usually, you get an Honorable Discharge for honorable service. A ****** bag who enlists and stays a ****** bag for his entire enlistment does not get a free pass just because he got deployed.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Ex Army MP View Post
                Anyone here use this? I am learning more about it because many of my clients who are undergoing admin seps are concerned about it. Many are sadly inelligible because they are being separated with a general discharge because this is how their wonderful commanders and first sergeants reward them for putting their lives on the line
                Commanders are generally not in the habit of ruining soldier's careers or messing with their discharge/vet benefits unless said soldier does something royally stupid to deserve it......There's more to their story that's not being said.

                The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill allows for a full 4 year ride at accredited STATE universities, colleges, and Tech Schools. I do NOT think it applies to private school tuition. It also pays out a monthly stipend so the vet can offset the cost of living while going to school. To the best of my knowledge, it also pays out for your books, too. Sure as hell wish my Montgomery G.I. Bill had been as generous as the Post 9/11. But they earned it; it was a great piece of legislation...... One of the very few that actually benefits people instead of restricting them for a change...
                Just another squirrel, tryin' to get a nut......

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                • #23
                  From what I have gathered is that it'll pay for any accredited school, but it will only pay as much tuition as the state school with the highest in-state tuition is at. So if you want to go the a private school that's tuition is $400 a credit-hour and the highest state school is $350 a credit-hour, you will have to come up with the extra $50 per credit hour. There's also something that is called the yellow-ribbon program that some private schools will offer to cover the gap at the more expensive schools.

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                  • #24
                    I'm almost a year into my Post 9/11 benefits. It's an amazing benefit to say the least. It's given me the opportunity to live in a new, ideal location that I'd been wanting to move to for some time, and also go to school free of charge.

                    As of August 1st they've implemented a couple of new changes though. No break pay (housing allowance between quarters/semesters), which can really hurt you on those month long school breaks unless you're living minimally and saving money. Also, it used to be that so long as you're at least a half-time student, you would receive the full BAH rate. Now, as of August 1st, the amount you get for housing depends on how many credits you're taking (12+ you get 100%, 10 credits: 80% (or whatever), etc.). It does kind of give you a reason to take a full load every quarter though, and get more schooling out of your benefits.
                    Last edited by Ignite; 08-07-2011, 04:54 PM.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by GGG View Post
                      Really? So these are good, hard working, upstanding, high speed, low drag soldiers whose commanders just out of the blue for no reason decided to separate them from the service with a General Discharge? Usually, you get an Honorable Discharge for honorable service. A ****** bag who enlists and stays a ****** bag for his entire enlistment does not get a free pass just because he got deployed.
                      What he said

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by GGG View Post
                        Really? So these are good, hard working, upstanding, high speed, low drag soldiers whose commanders just out of the blue for no reason decided to separate them from the service with a General Discharge? Usually, you get an Honorable Discharge for honorable service. A ****** bag who enlists and stays a ****** bag for his entire enlistment does not get a free pass just because he got deployed.
                        In some cases, yes. Many of them were outstanding prior to deploying, came back and started having issues related to their deployments. I have seen commanders recommend general discharges for soldiers who missed five or six formations because of sleep issues related.

                        In any event, while you may not agree with me, obviously many have. As you may know, soldiers with six or more years or who are being recommended for an OTH are entitled to a separation board. In almost every single instance, I have been able to beat the recommendation and get either an honorable or retention for my outstanding clients.

                        So, wouldn't that mean that a board made up of a SGM, CPT and LTC sided with me and not the command? But of course you and the rest of the o.com kool aid drinkers know all.


                        "Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it". George Constanza.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Ex Army MP View Post
                          In some cases, yes. Many of them were outstanding prior to deploying, came back and started having issues related to their deployments. I have seen commanders recommend general discharges for soldiers who missed five or six formations because of sleep issues related.

                          In any event, while you may not agree with me, obviously many have. As you may know, soldiers with six or more years or who are being recommended for an OTH are entitled to a separation board. In almost every single instance, I have been able to beat the recommendation and get either an honorable or retention for my outstanding clients.

                          So, wouldn't that mean that a board made up of a SGM, CPT and LTC sided with me and not the command? But of course you and the rest of the o.com kool aid drinkers know all.
                          Enjoyed your response, right up until the last sentence when you decided to be a ******.

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