Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance

To provide educational assistance to persons entering the Armed Forces after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985; to assist persons in obtaining an education they might otherwise not be able to afford; and to promote and assist the all volunteer military program of the United States by attracting
qualified persons to serve in the Armed Forces.

Agency - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran's benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration Field Offices.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Participants may pursue: (1) courses at colleges and universities leading to associate, bachelor or graduate degrees (including courses taken via accredited independent study, provided those courses lead to a standard college degree or a certificate that reflects educational attainment offered by an institution of higher learning); (2) courses leading to a certificate or diploma from colleges or universities or from business, technical or vocational schools; (3) apprenticeship or on-the-job training programs for individuals not on active duty; (4) correspondence courses, under certain conditions; (5) flight training, if the individual holds a private pilot license and meets the medical requirements upon beginning the training program; (6) state-approved teacher certification programs; (7) preparatory courses for tests necessary for admission to a college or graduate school; (8) reimbursement for licensing and certification tests approved for veterans; (9) entrepreneurship training; (10) reimbursement for national exams for admission to college or for college credit.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The participant must have entered on active duty on or after January 1, 1977, and before July 1, 1985, and either served on active duty for more than 180 continuous days receiving an other than dishonorable discharge, or have been discharged after January, 1, 1977 because of a service-connected disability.

Also eligible are participants who serve for more than 180 days and who continue on active duty and have completed their first period of obligated service (or 6 years of active duty, whichever comes first).

Participants must also have satisfactorily contributed to the program.

(Satisfactory contribution consists of monthly deduction of $25 to $100 from military pay, up to a maximum of $2,700, for deposit in a special training fund.) Participants may make lump-sum contributions.

No individuals on active duty in the Armed Forces may initially begin contributing to this program after March 31, 1987.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Post-Vietnam era veterans.


Military discharge certificate, certification of enrollment by educational institution in approved courses leading to an educational, professional or vocational objective and such other certifications as may be developed by VA and the Department of Defense. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. An application form (VA Form 22-1990) may be obtained from any VA office or regional office and submitted to the appropriate VA regional processing office.

Award Procedures

Awards are authorized at the designated VA Regional Processing Office.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


An Act to amend title 38, United States Code, to set a termination date for veterans' educational benefits under chapters 34 and 36, to increase vocational rehabilitation subsistence allowances, educational and training assistance allowances, and special allowances paid to eligible veterans and persons under chapters 31, 34, and 35; to extend the basic educational assistance eligibility for veterans and for certain dependents from thirty-six to forty-five months; , Public Law 94-502.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. At least 84.76 percent of applications are processed within 90 days or less in 2006 and 99.59 percent in 2007.


Appeals are available through a special board; response time is 109.0 days in 2006 and 112.4 days in 2007.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Available within ten years of first date of discharge or release from service or until the amount of money in the special fund, converted to months of entitlement (to a maximum of 36) is exhausted. Assistance checks generally to be released on a monthly basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 11 Not Available; FY 12 Estimate Not Available; and FY 13 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration Field Offices.

Headquarters Office

Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20420 Phone: 202-461-9700

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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