SPC Michael Grecco of Lake Hopatcong, NJ and SPC Michael Runo of Pen Argyl, PA fire a 120mm mortar round while PFC Christopher Santagelo of Montgomery, NJ stands ready to set the next round. The 102nd participated in the Normandy Invasion and had the honor of being the first American unit to enter Paris in August, 1944.
“The GI Bill gives emphatic notice to the men and women of our armed forces that the American people do not intend to let them down” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
What is the GI Bill?
The GI Bill is a federally funded program administered by the military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Each GI Bill program offers 36 months of educational assistance for full-time study; students attending half-time receive a maximum of 72 months of benefits. Payments are pro-rated for part-time study.
Soldiers may receive up to 36 months in any one DVA educational assistance program and a maximum of 48 months of combined benefits. DVA educational assistance programs include but are not limited to the following:
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - $369/month full-time study
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a traditional drilling Soldier of the Army National Guard. You may use the MGIB-SR for any degree program (Associate through Doctoral), certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship or on-the-job training, trade or vocational school, and flight training programs. All schools/programs must be DVA approved. The Montgomery GI Bill is a federal benefit and not limited to New Jersey.
Eligibility for this program may be established only one time in a servicemember’s career. Eligibility lasts for 14 years as long as the Soldier remains in a drilling status in the Army National Guard. The DVA makes the tax-free payments directly to the servicemember receiving benefits. Payments are pro-rated for part-time study. Visit the GI Bill Rate Table website for current rates under the MGIB-SR.MGIB-SR Eligibility Criteria
Army National Guard Kicker - $200 or $350/month full-time study
Soldiers may be eligible to receive additional GI Bill benefits through the Army National Guard Kicker program. The Kicker program is not an entitlement and Soldiers must meet the eligibility requirements and sign a valid Kicker contract in order to qualify. Payments are pro-rated for part-time study.Eligibility Criteria
For current GI Bill information visit the Department of Veterans Affairs web site at www.gibill.va.gov.