Ask the GI Bill Expert Blog Launched on GIBill.com to Clear Up Post-9/11 GI Bill Confusion

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With the launch of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in August of 2009, veterans and active servicemembers enjoyed a range of new educational benefits, but not without lots of questions and confusion. In response, GIBill.com launched an Ask the GI Bill Expert blog to address the large number of questions members of the armed services have when setting out to navigate their GI benefits.

This past August, veterans and active servicemembers got a boost to their education benefits in the Post-9/11 GI bill, but not without lots of confusion and questions. Questions about enrollment, eligibility, transferring from the Montgomery GI Bill, and the new ability to transfer benefits to dependents came flooding into GIBill.com -- http://www.gibill.com/ -- (at a rate of over 300 per month!), prompting the launch of the Ask the GI Bill Expert Blog (http://www.gibill.com/blog).

"With all the different GI Bills currently available, it is confusing for veterans to first figure out which one(s) they are eligible for, and if they eligible for more than one, then choosing which one will provide the most educational benefits for them," said GI Education Expert, Ron Kness, one of the expert blogger who provides answers to the many questions submitted to GI Bill.com.

"During my 36-year military career, I was in various positions where I could help soldiers," Kness said. "Now, after retiring, monitoring the blog for GIBill.com is a way I can continue helping military members and veterans alike by providing accurate and timely answers to their GI Bill education questions."

Jeffery Anderson, another expert blogger on the site affirms the value of the advice provided by the blog: "I wish I had taken the time to find out what military education benefits were available to me while I was serving; I would have definitely used them."

"My goal is to make sure servicemembers and veterans know what education benefits are available to them, and how they can best use them," Anderson said. "It's free money, and college degrees can help you whether you plan on making a career of the military, or pursuing a civilian profession."

User submitted questions recently answered on GIBill.com include:

  •     Can I use my GI Bill benefits for a doctorate program?
  •     Can my spouse use my GI education benefits?
  •     Why was my request to transfer benefits rejected?
  •     Am I eligible under the new bill if I used my benefits under the old bill?

GIBill.com (http://www.gibill.com/) is a site devoted to providing members of the military information about the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bills including rates, Bill comparison charts, a downloadable "Cheat Sheet" GI Bill guide, school information and more.

About GI Bill Expert, Ron Kness: Ron Kness retired in November 2007 as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer after 36 years of service with the Minnesota Army National Guard. As a full-time Guardsman, Mr. Kness last served as the J1 Sergeant Major for the Minnesota Army National Guard. He was tasked with the supervision of the Military Personnel Services Section.

About GI Bill Expert, Jeffery Anderson: Jeffery Anderson has a degree from the Virginia Military Institute, and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. His family has a military tradition, his father, grandfather, and two uncles served in the U.S. Army, and his son served in the U.S. Navy.

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