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Time Constraints Imposed by the Montgomery G.I. Bill Educational Programs for Veterans

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Time Constraints Imposed by the Montgomery G.I. Bill
Educational Programs for Veterans

Kim Barrett
Master’s in Paralegal Studies, The George Washington University

Publication Month: 
August 2011
Background: 

My name is Kim Barrett. I am currently working as a senior litigation paralegal at a major international law firm. I have been working as a paralegal for 12 years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University in Justice Studies with a concentration in Justice Systems. My graduate education was completed at The George Washington University in 2011 with a Master of Professional Studies degree in Paralegal Studies. Currently, I reside in northern New Jersey with my two sons.

Abstract: 

Veterans wishing to use educational benefits to further their education in order to position themselves to gain meaningful employment after their service has ended must do so within a prescribed time period or those benefits will be forfeited. There are some exceptions to that rule including certain disabilities and the ability to prove that using those benefits within that prescribed time period was not feasible for the veteran. The imposed time period leaves a certain class of veterans with no opportunity to use the educational benefits they have earned by virtue of their service to their country. Those veterans who choose to work immediately upon discharge instead of pursuing and education are not given the opportunity to take advantage of the educational benefits if they are not in some way disabled. Healthy veterans are excluded from the population of veterans who are afforded the benefit of financial assistance for school. Unless a healthy, non-disabled veteran uses his/her benefits within a prescribed period of time, he/she essentially loses them.

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