The Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Education Assistance Program (VEAP), Chapter 32, is available if a veteran elected to make contributions from military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the government. A veteran may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.
Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. A veteran has 10 years from the veteran's release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is unused entitlement after the 10-year period, the veteran's portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.
To be eligible for VEAP, a veteran must meet the following requirements:
Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985;
Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987;
Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2,700;
Completed the first period of service; and
Were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
If a veteran is currently on active duty and wishes to receive VEAP benefits, they must have at least 3 months of contributions available.
Contributions may be withdrawn if the veteran does not meet the basic eligibility requirements, or if the veteran formally request a refund of the contributions withheld.
To apply for the Post-Vietnam Veterans' Education Assistance Program (VEAP) education benefits, complete VA Form 22-1990 or apply online at the Veteran Administrations Website.
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