Clarification on Post 911 GI Bill Housing Benefits

Students,

There has been some confusion over the past several days regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance and what VA will or will not pay. Secretary Robert Wilke has clarified what VA will do in a statement released November 29, 2018.

The Secretary said that each and every Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole – retroactively if need be – for their housing benefits for this academic year based on Forever GI Bill rates, not on post-9/11 GI Bill rates. Once VA is in a position to process education claims in accordance with the Forever GI Bill – each and every beneficiary will receive retroactively the exact benefits to which they are entitled under that law.

Please see the statement from Secretary Wilkie: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5154

If you have any questions or need additional assistance please contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday. Thank you for your continued patience and may this holiday season be full of joy and happiness to you and your family.

VBA Education Service

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Warrior Part 5

It’s also important to remember that techniques sometimes need to change when situations change; it is up to you to learn or relearn what you need to know in order to maintain mastery of your chosen discipline. For instance, a Green Beret of the Army Special Forces must be highly proficient at transitioning from their rifles to their pistols as rapidly as possible in case their rifle ran out of bullets or malfunctioned.

A Warrior is flexible and knows how to improvise, adapt and overcome.

A retired service member proficiency in this skill is no longer necessary because they don’t carry a rifle all the time. However, they might carry a pistol. The physical act of drawing a pistol from a concealed holster is much different than drawing from a leg holster, so you have to train and adapt to this new technique. And by doing so will make you proficient and lethal as had before while in the military.

Remember: You can’t just rest easy and expect skills to stay with you for life because you knew how to do them a long time ago. You should continue to practice, modifying your technique if necessary, no matter how good you are in any given discipline.

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