House Veterans Affairs Committee Staff G...
 
4:54
Terry Howell: 
Welcome we will begin in about 8 minutes
Wednesday January 11, 2012 4:54 Terry Howell
4:58
HVACStaff: 
The House Veterans Affairs staff would like to welcome the participants and to begin, we thank each of you for your questions today but more importantly, we thank you for your military service.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 4:58 HVACStaff
4:59
[Comment From Rich Rich : ] 
I am a Vet and have been unemployed for over 6 months . I reside in CA . How can an employer or myself officially verify what tax credit ( VOW Act) an employer can get if they hire me ? Where can we get that official verification for the tax credit to show an employer ?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 4:59 Rich
4:59
Which in branch of Service did you serve?
Army
 ( 37% )
Navy
 ( 11% )
Air Force
 ( 31% )
Marine Corps
 ( 14% )
Coast Guard
 ( 6% )

Wednesday January 11, 2012 4:59 
4:59
[Comment From M. Baechtold M. Baechtold : ] 
when will regulations be published implementing PL 111-377?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 4:59 M. Baechtold
5:00
HVACStaff: 
Rich thanks for your question. We suggest that you contact the IRS for all questions regarding the VOW Act Tax credits, as that falls under their jurisdiction.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:00 HVACStaff
5:01
HVACStaff: 
Good afternoon Margaret. Nice to hear from you and the Hoosiers are going big this season. To our knowlege, VA has not published the regs but we will call VA and send you the information tomorrow.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:01 HVACStaff
5:01
HVACStaff: 
Chryssa thanks for your question. I would defer questions on TA to DoD.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:01 HVACStaff
5:01
[Comment From Chryssa Jones Chryssa Jones : ] 
What was the outcome of today’s meeting on the Hill regarding the TA MOU and the letter from the Senate to Secretary Panetta?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:01 Chryssa Jones
5:02
[Comment From Capt Mike USN (ret) Capt Mike USN (ret) : ] 
Hi Terry - I am taking the flight training (CFI, CFII etc) does the VA anticipate any changes to the authorized Flight Training Program?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:02 Capt Mike USN (ret)
5:03
HVACStaff: 
We do not anticipate changes to the flight training benefits at this point. FLY NAVY!
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:03 HVACStaff
5:03
[Comment From Alison Alison : ] 
Thank you so much for offering this live chat. My question is...My husband and I are trying to determine what his eligibility is for the post 9/11 GI Bill. How can we determine this? He currently paid into the Montgomery GI Bill and he doesn't want to waive those benefits until he determines his eligibility for the post 9/11 GI Bill. How can we do this?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:03 Alison
5:04
Terry Howell: 
Due to the limited time available for today's event we may not be able to get to your questions today. We will do our best to answer them at a later date if you would please post your questions below in the Blog Comments section.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:04 Terry Howell
5:05
[Comment From Chryssa Jones Chryssa Jones : ] 
What recourse do schools have against the DVA when DVA mistakes cost schools significant $$$ in administrative expenses to research, report, and file claims? These costs are not covered by the reporting fee, which was modestly increased by PL 111-377.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:05 Chryssa Jones
5:05
HVACStaff: 
Thanks for your question Alison. Agreed, we don't veterans to lose benefits due to several complex laws. I would contact the VA to determine eligibility for the chapter 30 and chapter 33. It is a complex decision that is based on your individual situation.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:05 HVACStaff
5:06
[Comment From Vinnie Vinnie : ] 
Hello I am Vinnie an Army Vet from the early '90s and Ive been unemployed for just over 2 years now. Is there an early sign up for the VOW act?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:06 Vinnie
5:07
What type of degree are you pursing?
Bachelor's
 ( 21% )
Associate's
 ( 11% )
Master's
 ( 37% )
Certificate Program
 ( 16% )
Other
 ( 16% )

Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:07 
5:07
Are you or are you planning on taking classes online?
No - 100% Traditional Classroom
 ( 53% )
Yes - 100% Online or Distance Learning
 ( 24% )
Yes - Hybrid Mix of Classroom and Virtual
 ( 24% )

Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:07 
5:08
HVACStaff: 
Chryssa - unfortunately, the Post 9/11 program is administratively very complex and VA and many schools are still learning the ropes and we are confident that, just as admin of the Montgomery GI Bill improved over time, so too will the Post 9/11 program.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:08 HVACStaff
5:08
HVACStaff: 
Thanks Vinnie. We are working on this with VA and VETS at DOL. As soon as we have more information on where to sign up we will post this information on our website veterans.house.gov.

VA also has a section devoted to VOW on the GI Bill Website.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:08 HVACStaff
5:08
[Comment From O. Flores O. Flores : ] 
Once the vet has exhausted their Post-9/11 GI Bill, can he or she qualify for an extended 12 months Montgomery Bill?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:08 O. Flores
5:08
Terry Howell: 
DiD'Ya Know? You can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill while you are on active duty.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:08 Terry Howell
5:09
[Comment From Rafael Rafael : ] 
I spent 20 years active duty and retired in OCT 2009. I did not elect the Montgomery GI Bill when I enlisted. Why can't I transfer my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit to my son? I was not able to elct this while on active duty because it was not clearly defined.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:09 Rafael
5:10
HVACStaff: 
- Certain active duty members are able to transfer Post 9/11 GI Benefits to someone but this decision MUST be made while they are on active duty. For more information please visit the VA’s GI Bill Website (link to follow).
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:10 HVACStaff
5:10
Terry Howell: 
Transferring Benefits
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:10 Terry Howell
5:10
Terry Howell: 
How much has the VA paid out in tuition, fees, and stipends since 2009? - $1.5B - $27.8B - $14.2B - $891M
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:10 Terry Howell
5:11
Terry Howell: 
The VA has paid-out over $14.2 billion in education benefits (tuition, fees and stipends)to over 634K veterans.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:11 Terry Howell
5:11
HVACStaff: 
O.F. , those eligible for the Montgomery program and Post 9/11 can make an irrevocable choice to move from Montgomery to Post 9/11 or to remain in Montgomery. If you use all 36 months of Montgomery, you can apply for an additional 12 months of benefits under Post 9/11.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:11 HVACStaff
5:11
[Comment From Freddie Freddie : ] 
I am retired AF since 1995. I would like to how may I secure benefits under GI Bill or other type education assistance benefit?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:11 Freddie
5:11
HVACStaff: 
There are a myriad of other education option available to veterans. Please visit the GI Bill website for more information about other education programs. If you are unemployed and between ages 35-60 and are not entitled to VA education benefits, you may also be eligible for a year’s worth of training under the new VOW to Hire Heroes Act. For more information about this bill please visit www.veterans.house.gov/vow
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:11 HVACStaff
5:11
What are your current tuition and fees per semester?
$1,000 - $3,000
 ( 13% )
$3,000-$5,000
 ( 53% )
$5,000-$7,000
 ( 13% )
$7,000-$9.000
 ( 0% )
Over $9,000
 ( 20% )

Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:11 
5:12
Terry Howell: 
HVAC Webpage
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:12 Terry Howell
5:12
[Comment From Rich Rich : ] 
Why the age cut off at 60 years ? May still need to work and retrain after 60 .
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:12 Rich
5:13
What type of school are you attending or plan to attend?
Private Four-Year
 ( 18% )
Public Four-Year
 ( 47% )
Community College
 ( 12% )
Trade-School
 ( 12% )
Private (For-Profit) Four-Year
 ( 12% )

Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:13 
5:13
HVACStaff: 
Tim L - your question is too complex for this format. We suggest you contact VA for the answer.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:13 HVACStaff
5:14
HVACStaff: 
Rich great question. We looked at labor statistics and determined that in order to provide the re-training for the most veterans possible. Did you know that more than 2/3 of all unemployed veterans are between the ages of 35-60
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:14 HVACStaff
5:15
[Comment From Kimberly Kimberly : ] 
Why do active duty members who were enrolled in school prior to April 2011 now receive veteran's reimbursement instead of the 100% that I received prior to the changes made to Post-9/11 GI Bill in December 2010?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:15 Kimberly
5:15
HVACStaff: 
- Certain active duty members are able to transfer Post 9/11 GI Benefits to someone but this decision MUST be made while they are on active duty. For more information please visit the VA’s GI Bill Website (link to follow).
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:15 HVACStaff
5:16
[Comment From Guest Guest : ] 
Could you please briefly recap the "expiration" of benefits for the Post-9/11 GIB?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:16 Guest
5:16
Terry Howell: 
The P911 GI Bill expires 15 years after the members last discharge. The clock does not run while you are on active duty .
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:16 Terry Howell
5:16
[Comment From Joseph Joseph : ] 
The beginning of the Post 911 description states "For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15th and your Spring term begins January 10th, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January."
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:16 Joseph
5:16
HVACStaff: 
The 36 month of entitlement for GI Bill is actually 36 months of entitlement for the VA living stipend paid at the E-5 with dependents rate. The actual amount will vary depending on your ZIP Code. VA will only pay you the living stipend for when school is actually in session. For example, the break between the winter and spring semesters is often 3-4 weeks long over December and January. Your stipend will not be paid for that period, however, you do NOT lose that money – it is merely deferred so that if you don’t complete your studies in the traditional four year program, your remaining stipend entitlement would allow VA to pay for tuition and fees for an extra semester as long as your enrollment doesn’t exceed the 48 month limitation.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:16 HVACStaff
5:16
[Comment From Tim Johnson Tim Johnson : ] 
I am retired from the service ( in 2007) and am eligible for the post 9-11 GI Bill. I want to transfer my remaining benifits to my daughter who is enrolled in college. I cannot currently tranfer to her since I am not currently on active duty. I wonder if this will be chenged in the near term?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:16 Tim Johnson
5:17
HVACStaff: 
Tim thanks for the question. Please see our response above on transferability. Hope this helps!
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:17 HVACStaff
5:18
[Comment From Vinnie Vinnie : ] 
I used what part of the GI Bill I was afforded by 1995 and never went back to school after as I had found my chosen field of work...now however I have injured my back and I am on the precipice of homeless disaster...I just found out about this today and decided that I should look into it as I meet all the requirements...how will I be able to utilize this?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:18 Vinnie
5:18
[Comment From Sean Dalgarn Sean Dalgarn : ] 
Do you foresee the break pay being reinstated?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:18 Sean Dalgarn
5:18
Terry Howell: 
Sean - Probably not in the foreseeable future.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:18 Terry Howell
5:19
Where did you learn about this live Blog Event?
Military.com Blogs and Newsletters
 ( 73% )
Online Promotion
 ( 0% )
Facebook
 ( 4% )
Fellow Veteran
 ( 8% )
Other
 ( 15% )

Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:19 
5:19
HVACStaff: 
Vinnie
I would suggest that is you are disabled veteran to utilize the chapter 31 voc rehab program. We also just enacted new retraining provisions that will be available in July. For more info visit our website at veterans.house.gov/vow
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:19 HVACStaff
5:19
[Comment From Joseph Joseph : ] 
"For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15th and your Spring term begins January 10th, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January." There will still be a living allowance payment at the end of January correct?
Wednesday January 11, 2012 5:19 Joseph
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