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Hello Folks,
I have a situation that is somewhat complicated and I could not find a clear cut answer of any kind. Have been discharged in 2004, so no Post 9/11 GI BILL available. Once I was discharged due to a service connected disability I applied for the VA Vocational Rehabilitation, and used about 40 months of the Voc Rehab. I was not aware, and was never told that by using the Voc Rehab one would be using up the GI BILL education entitlements as well (seems a non-sense and very unfair). As of now I have used almost 48months of entitlements (about 4 days left).

After having exited the Voc Rehba, I started using the Mont. GI BILL for a while since I was told that one would need to exhaust the GI BILL to be eligible and to maximize his/her 9/11 GI BILL benefits, and that once that was done one would have 12 months extra of 9/11 GIBILL (despite the established overall limit of 48 months). I contacted VA's different departments and they tell me that since I have used up almost 48 months, in case I apply for the 9/11 GIBILL I would only be entitle for the remaining of my benefits (in other words, 4 days); but then they tell me I should apply to see if they would grant me the 12 months of 9/11 or not.

I know for a fact that the Voc. Rehab can provide benefits way in excess of 48 months (some have used for a bachelor, med school, and beyond), but that is Voc. Rehab. GI BILL is a different story, and it is not clear what would the best approach for a favorable chain of events and outcome. Should I apply for 9/11 once I completely exhaust the Mont. GI BILL (only 4 days left, thus with 48 months used), and then expect to have more 12 months of 9/11 GI BILL once I apply for it; or should I simply apply for the 9/11 GI BILL before completely exhausting the Mont GI BILL, and then subsequently apply for Voc. Rehab in order to have more benefits and an initial higher allowance?

thanks for any input,
tk3000
 
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