This legislation has been reintroduced to help reservists use GI Bill benefits


By J.G. Noll

This legislation has been reintroduced to help reservists use GI Bill benefits

Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) reintroduced H.R. 925, a bill that “will ensure military reservists will receive Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as intended by correcting an unintended issue that has negatively affected reservists when reporting for active duty.”

“Our veterans and reservists deserve to receive the benefits they have earned without unnecessary complications,” said Rep. Calvert.  “Our reservists make themselves available on short notice to contribute to our national security. Now it’s our turn to come to their aid by making this common sense fix to their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.”

In most situations, once released from active duty status, individuals can receive the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA), tuition and fees benefit, and books and supplies stipend on the first day of the month after their discharge date. According to Calvert, members of the Guard and Reserve may encounter cases where their mandated monthly activity disqualifies them from receiving MHA. Reservists who perform their jobs in a Title 10 status are “entitled to the housing allowance, but only for the first portion of the month up to when they entered active duty under Title 10.” Title 10 designates full-time duty and includes deployment and travel to and from deployment. A day of Title 10 service “can result in forfeiture of MHA and book allowance for all or most of the month.” Those who work under Title 38 do not face the same restrictions.

H.R. 925 would amend Title 38 to “clarify the eligibility” for GI Bill.

Read Rep. Calvert’s press release here.

Read the full text of H.R. 925 here.
J.G. Noll is the Editor of Military One Click and a veteran’s spouse. She can be reached at joanna@militaryoneclick.com.