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Millions of vets may be eligible for extra GI Bill benefits thanks to court ruling

July 15, 2021

From the Military Times website

Millions of veterans could be eligible for an additional year of education benefits starting next semester thanks to another federal court ruling rejecting the Department of Veterans Affairs prohibition on collecting both Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and Montgomery GI Bill payouts.

Millions of veterans could be eligible for an additional year of education benefits starting next semester thanks to another federal court ruling rejecting the Department of Veterans Affairs prohibition on collecting both Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and Montgomery GI Bill payouts.

The decision, rendered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit late last week, leaves federal officials with only a few long-shot options to support their arguments and overturn a pair of precedential decisions by judges.

In a statement, VA officials said they are still assessing the latest court decision but “remain committed to providing veterans the benefits they have earned and deserve.”

The case, Rudsill vs. McDonough, has been pending in federal courts for nearly six years. At its center is department officials’ assertion that veterans can use either the Post-9/11 GI Bill program or the Montgomery GI Bill program, but not both.

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