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Posted on Oct 17, 2019
Charmain Bogue
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SSgt Engineering
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I’m not sure if I can make the live Q&A but I would love to have my question answered.

Current policy states students who attend school entirely online are only given 1/2 of the national average for the housing stipend, or $894.50/mo for the current school year. It doesn’t matter where you live or which school you go to.

Why are distance education students still penalized with reduced housing stipend rates? Distance education is no different than in-residence. Why not make it based on the schools zip code or home of record, whichever is LESS? Half of the national average seems like a policy that was invented back when online schooling was just starting. Considering how many students are using distance learning, it only seems logical to revisit this policy.

I also see this as setting Veterans up for success. When we leave active duty, many of us return home to be around our families and use them for support. We all know about the Veteran suicide epidemic and how important that support is during transition and beyond. Penalizing students with half of the national average for online schooling is incentivizing potentially leaving their support behind to do an in-residence program where they will receive the full housing allowance amount, but potentially separated from their support. This rule needs to be changed.
Charmain Bogue
Charmain Bogue
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SP5 John Yingling - Appreciate you joining the conversation.
Charmain Bogue
Charmain Bogue
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Stephen Pusateri - Thank you for your comments and for joining this Q&A.
Charmain Bogue
Charmain Bogue
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LT Clarence Briggs - Sorry you missed it. We will take time zone into further consideration for next time.
SSgt Engineering
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Charmain Bogue the site gave me notification you had replied to my thread again. Kind of disappointed there was no further follow up to my question and instead just thank you’s and sorry’s to those who had replied to my thread. I see the one response referencing legislation about the Colmery Act and that is great and all, but I’m asking what your thoughts are and why this isn’t something the VA seems willing to implement.

Do you believe Distance education students should be compensated less than traditional students?

I understand changing things requires congress to act. Given your position, I would just think you would be able to shed some light on if this is even a consideration or why we continue to punish distance education students. I gave a very logical and detailed reasoning with my post that many seemed to want answered and I’m less than satisfied with the response that didn’t even acknowledge anything past the first sentence of my question.

Sorry if I sound frustrated, I’m just tired of nobody ever having the answers. I’ve written my senators and representatives. Never a response. I’ve asked people at the VA before, the answers are usually not even related to my question and provide no means to continue the conversation. If you aren’t in the position to provide a response, who should I direct it to?
Kelly Murphy
how do you connect to the live Q&A
Bryce Buckley
Bryce Buckley
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I have an account and am logged in, but the only option I have is to respond? Is there another way to participate? I'm confused.
Charmain Bogue
Charmain Bogue
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SGT Craig Luna - You must be in an approved undergraduate degree program in order to be eligible for the STEM Scholarship. Masters Degrees are not eligible. In order to verify if you may have additional benefits available, you will need to formally follow up to have your records reviewed (i.e an additional periods of service) which may potentially provide you an additional 12 months of entitlement. You may reach out to the GI Bill hotline at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 ( [login to see] ) (inside the U.S) 00 [login to see] (outside the U.S.).
Charmain Bogue
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MAJ Tim Roberts - The current exception is for Veterans who transferred entitlement to a dependent may now designate a new dependent if the original dependent becomes deceased. Department of Defense determines eligibility and allocation of Transfer of Entitlement, and VA administers the benefits. Please contact your service department for additional information or you may use the TEB Portle in MilConnect at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect.
Charmain Bogue
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MSgt Kim Micheloni - It's great to hear you were able to utilize your full education benefits. Please note the Harry W. Colmery Act of 2018 "Forever GI Bill" is an enhancement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. It is not a separate benefit. You may reach out to your State Veteran Affairs Office to seek options that may be available to you and your dependent.
LCpl Ben Heald
I will not be able to attend, but I have a question. I was employed and I decided to go to school while I get medically retired from my current job. I am not sure why people who already had the Post 9/11 granted aren't able to be under the forever GI Bill. I attempted to go through voc rehab but was declined because of the confusion of me still employed but not working, while my retirement goes through the process. I just want to be able to go back to school so I can get into a career after I am medically retired from my job now. What options do I have since I have exhausted the time of the Post 9/11 GI Bill?
Charmain Bogue
Charmain Bogue
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As it requires additional research regarding your service, we are unable to respond to this question in detail at this time. You may reach out to the GI Bill hotline at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 ( [login to see] ) (inside the U.S) 00 [login to see] (outside the U.S.).
LT Clarence Briggs
LT Clarence Briggs
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How do you connect to the live session?
LCpl Ben Heald
LCpl Ben Heald
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Charmain Bogue - I have reached out to the GI Bill hotline but they just explain that I don't qualify because I used my post 9/11, but the question I have is why does the forever post 9/11 qualify for people discharged in 2012, but doesn't qualify for members who were honored the Post 9/11 but not the forever. When I got out of the marine corps, in order for me to transition into the civilian life, I had to get a job right away in order to pay my bills. When the forever post 9/11 GI Bill was sent out, it was disappointing to me that those who already qualify aren't eligible for the Forever GI Bill. I am getting medically retired from my current job, and started going back to school. Now I can't because the Voc Rehap nor members who answer question from the GI Bill hotline are able to help, since I am not working and I am on payroll with the company but not getting paid, therefore I am still "employed" and so I don't qualify for Voc Rehab. I just want to go back to school and help me get into a career.
CW4 Craig Urban
CW4 Craig Urban
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The VA is broke always has been.

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