If you’ve received a Purple Heart Medal for active duty service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, but didn’t qualify for full Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits because you didn’t have enough time in service, you’ll soon qualify for the full education benefit.
A provision of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, known as the “Forever GI Bill,” extends education benefits to this group of Purple Heart recipients effective Aug. 1.
If your length of active duty service hasn’t qualified you for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, being awarded a Purple Heart for service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, can qualify you for the 100 percent tier of benefits. This provision is one small way to recognize the sacrifice of this special group, assuring they receive the benefits they have earned.
To qualify for the full benefit, you must have received a Purple Heart on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and have been discharged or released honorably.
Start your education journey
If you haven’t explored your options to use your education benefits, you can start by visiting the GI Bill Comparison tool. You can see how to maximize your education value and look up the college, training school, or apprenticeship program you’re interested in attending. You can also see how much your GI Bill benefits will cover and if you’d have any out of pocket expenses.
If you have any questions, please call 1–888-GI-BILL-1 (1–888–442–4551). If you use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the Federal number is 711. You can also visit the GI Bill website.
About the author: Veterans Benefits Administration’s Education Service delivers GI Bill® education benefits to Veterans, service members, and their families. Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped millions of Veterans pay for college, graduate school, and training programs.