I came upon something dealing with the new Webb GI Bill that will be replacing the old Chapter 30 GI Bill.
You can read about the new Webb GI bill here: www.gibill2008.org...
This may be important for members of the National Guard if you live in certain states and are Veterans.
Under the original chapter 30 GI Bill for veterans who went to school full time there was a $1101 monthly benefit for 36 months.
Under the new GI Bill there is a monthly stipend based on the local rate of E-5 with dependents BAH and an annual $1000 stipend for books and
supplies. Tuition is also covered up to the highest amount charged by a state school.
Now this is great if you live in a higher cost of living state and are not a National Guardsman who recieved the Chapter 30 GI Bill. Most states
already entitle Guardsmen to free tuition to any state school. In addition to this, if you live in a lower cost of living state your stipend will be
lower than the current $1101 monthly benefit. In Oklahoma this stipend can be as low as $800/month. Even with the added $1000 dollar stipend it is
still much lower than the original annual benefits. The current universal annual rate is $9909. Under the new system it is determined by state. So in
Oklahoma which is the worst case scenario, it will be just $8200 for annual benefits. That is a $1709 drop.
If you are Veterans of active duty, and members of the National Guard of the follwing states, : Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming;
You may be in danger of reduced benefits.
I would highly advise people who fit that criteria to contact their congressmen and representatives. This issue needs to be addressed or alot of
Veterans and National Guardsmen across the nation will be hurt by this new GI Bill.
[edit on 19/6/08 by MikeboydUS]