New GI Bill Advice: Get It In Writing

Week of June 15, 2009

Get it in writing – a sound piece of advice for any deal. But maybe not something you would normally associate with getting advice or information from the VA. However, that is exactly what a veteran’s program administrator recent told me, “make sure to tell veterans to keep a written record of their interactions with the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Why? The new Post-9/11 GI Bill is very confusing, not just to you, but to nearly everyone involved with the process; from school certifying officials to the VA phone representatives themselves. Everyday some new piece of information about the process trickles out and not everyone gets the word. This can result in you, the veteran, making decisions based on incorrect information and possibly missing out on the benefits you deserve. So my advice is to keep a record of every interaction you have with the VA.

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