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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19, 0 individuals trained, and 78 individuals received refunds for disenrollment from the program. (FY20 est: 0 trainees and 74 disenrollment refunds; FY21 est.: 0 trainees and 70 disenrollment refunds).
Fiscal Year 2022 Per the Veterans Benefits Administrations’ 2022 Annual Benefits Report, 13,170 beneficiaries received VEAP disenrollment refunds. Since 2018, a total of 14,172 beneficiaries received benefits under VEAP.
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
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Procedure
Awards are authorized at the designated VA Regional Processing Office.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days. For FY 22, VA took an average of 15 days to process an initial application for benefits.
In the event of a denial or disagreement, a notification letter will advise of applicable review/appeal options, associated filing requirements and time limits.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Assistance Locations. 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
Headquarters Office
Education Service-Stakeholder Engagement
810 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20420 US
Phone: 202-461-9800

Education Service-Stakeholder Engagement
810 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20420 USA
Phone: (202) 461-9800
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 22$8,478,000.00; FY 23 est $8,500,000.00; FY 24 est $4,027,000.00; FY 19$106,000.00; FY 20 est $101,000.00; FY 21 est $96,000.00; FY 11 Estimate Not Available FY 12 Estimate Not Available FY 13 Estimate Not Available - VEAP obligations are refunds of monies back to Veterans.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY22, the average payment for disenrollment was $644
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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