The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008, known more succinctly as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, was introduced to Congress in 2008 by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) and signed into law June 30, 2008. The law, designed as a recruiting tool, took effect Aug. 1, 2009.
An updated version of the original GI Bill enacted during World War II, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will provide a free education for thousands of veterans who served after Sept. 10, 2001.
To qualify, an individual must meet at least one of the following criteria. Not all who qualify will receive 100 percent of the benefits. The amount of time served after Sept. 10, 2001, determines the amount of eligibility.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays for tuition, fees, housing allowance, books and supplies, and tutoring. Moving costs and training programs also are paid for under certain circumstances. The percentage of the benefits covered depends on the individual’s length of active duty service.