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11.8.19Veterans who qualify for both the Post 9/11 GI Bill program and the older Montgomery GI bill may have access to expanded veterans education benefits. It all hinges on a recent federal court decision and a possible appeal by VA officials.

Tens of thousands of veterans could be impacted, if Veterans Affairs officials decide to appeal a court decision regarding veterans education benefits, reports The Military Times in a recent article, “Court ruling could give veterans an extra year of GI Bill benefits.” The decision is being watched closely by the education sector as well.

The recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims held that the Department of Veterans Affairs practice of making veterans give up their Montgomery GI Bill eligibility to receive post-9/11 GI Bill payouts is improper. Department officials have argued in the past that it’s needed to ensure veterans aren’t duplicating benefits. However, a 2-1 decision by the judicial panel ruled that federal language prohibiting such “double-dipping” more appropriately means that “someone may not receive assistance from more than one program during a single month, semester, or other applicable pay period, but may switch freely between programs.”

VIC cardsThe Veterans Administration recently announced their new application process to apply for the Veterans Identification Card (VIC). Back in 2015, The Veterans Identification Act ordered the VA to issue a VIC to veterans, also referred to as the universal photo ID. The VA was supposed to have this card available by 2016, and just released it's plan to apply this November. It's said that veterans who apply this December, should have their physical cards within 60 days, and their electronic cards by mid-December. 

Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which is supposed to be safer, and more convenient than carrying around your standard DD-214, and the card provides a photo. The VIC will be accepted by majority of vendors and retailers that offer discounts to veterans as well as government agencies.


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