Increase in Montgomery GI Bill Payments Approved
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jul. 13, 1998 Veterans enrolled in the active duty or reserve component versions of the Montgomery GI Bill will see a 20 percent increase in monthly education payments beginning Oct. 1.
The president signed the legislation June 9, approving the increase in benefits.
The benefit to full-time students will increase from $439.85 monthly to $528 for active duty enrollees with three years service. Total payments for the 36-month maximum will increase from $15,834 to $19,008. The rate for enrollees with two years service goes from $357.38 monthly to $429, or an increase from $12.865.68 to $15,444.
Vietnam-era GI Bill enrollees who converted to the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Program will see their monthly rates increase to $251, or to a maximum total of $9,036.
Other veterans benefits improved under the law taking effect Oct. 1 include:
- A one-time allowance for disabled veterans needing modified controls or wheelchair lifts for an automobile increases to a maximum of $8,000.
- A one-time specialty adapted housing grant for disabled veterans who have lost, or lost the use of, both lower extremities increased to $43,000.
- The special housing adaptation grant for veterans who are blind, or have lost or lost the use of both hands increases to $8,250.
- A $50 monthly increase in pensions paid to low income veterans in need of regular aid and attendance.##
The law also repeals a 1990 law that permanently ended eligibility for dependency and indemnity compensation for a veterans survivor who remarries. The pre-1990 policy will allow survivor benefits to be restored if the survivors remarriage ends.
(From a Department of Veterans Affairs release)