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Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance

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The following is a summary of information about an assistance program or grant available to individuals or families through an agency of the U.S. Government. ("CFDA No." is the program's listing number in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.)

CFDA No. 64.120 POST-VIETNAM ERA VETERANS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

CATEGORY: Educational Assistance/Veterans

OBJECTIVES
To provide educational assistance to persons entering the Armed Forces after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985; to assist persons in obtaining an education they might otherwise not be able to afford; and to promote and assist the all volunteer military program of the United States by attracting qualified persons to serve in the Armed Forces.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE
Direct Payments for Specified Use

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS
Participants may select a program of education to assist them in attaining an educational, professional or vocational objective at any approved educational institution they choose which will accept them as students or trainees. Enrollments in certain courses, such as those which are vocational or recreational in nature, may not be approved. Individuals may pursue certain flight training. Benefits may also be paid for any test that is necessary for licensing and certification needed to enter, maintain, or advance into employment in certain civilian occupations.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicant Eligibility: The participant must have served honorably on active duty for more than 180 continuous days beginning on or after January 1, 1977, or have been discharged after such date because of a service-connected disability. Also eligible are participants who serve for more than 180 days and who continue on active duty and have completed their first period of obligated service (or 6 years of active duty, whichever comes first). Participants must also have satisfactorily contributed to the program. (Satisfactory contribution consists of monthly deduction of $25 to $100 from military pay, up to a maximum of $2,700, for deposit in a special training fund.) Participants may make lump-sum contributions. No individuals on active duty in the Armed Forces may initially begin contributing to this program after March 31, 1987.

Beneficiary Eligibility: Post-Vietnam era veterans

INFORMATION CONTACTS
Regional or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration Field Offices.

Headquarters Office: Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Office, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 273-7132.

Web Site Address http://www.gibill.va.gov.

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