Experts at GIBill.com Answered the One-Thousandth Question About GI Bill Benefits

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Education benefits for active service members, veterans, and their families, expanded a year ago with the launch of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in August of 2009. Now, with the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 awaiting a vote in the Senate, questions continue to arise in the military community about education benefits. GIBill.com launched Ask the Expert to help address questions from service members and their family members. Recently, GIBill.com's Ask the Expert answered its one-thousandth user submitted question.

Honestly, I didn't think I would get my question answered, but it is good to know there are real people out there taking questions and trying to answer.

The popular Ask the Expert feature on GIBill.com recently answered the one-thousandth question on topics ranging from GI Bill eligibility, benefits transfers, enrollment, and program specifics. At a rate of answering over 300 questions per month, the feature shows that confusions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill and associated programs such as the Yellow Ribbon Program continue to exist.

"The sheer number and types of questions asked is a testament to the confusion and incorrect information people have concerning the various GI Bills," says Ron Kness, one of the experts who has 35 years of military experience and provides answers to questions submitted to GIBill.com

Questions range from basic to the intricacies of transferring benefits to a dependent. Example user submitted questions include:

  •     Can my spouse use my GI education benefits?
  •     Will the GI Bill pay for my wife's medical school during my second tour in Afghanistan?
  •     My request for benefits transfer was rejected. Why?

One user who had a question answered in the Ask the Expert feature, Jason Robinson, notes, "I came to GIBill.com because there were a few questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill I could not find the answer to. Honestly, I didn't think I would get my question answered, but it is good to know there are real people out there taking questions and trying to answer."

After answering 1,000 questions, the Ask the Expert feature is still going strong, and remains dedicated to being a valuable resource for service members who have questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefits. Robinson continues, "I am very happy to find there is someone there to help. I am glad to know there is another resource out there for vets."

GIBill.com is a site devoted to providing comprehensive and in-depth information to service members and their families regarding the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bill, and includes up-to-date information on tuition reimbursement rates, bill comparison charts, a GI Bill cheat sheet, school information, and more.

About GI Bill Expert Ron Kness: Ron Kness retired as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer after 36 years of military 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.

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