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Chapter 32

Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

This is a voluntary contributory matching program in which veterans who entered active duty between January 1, 1977, and July 1, 1985, could contribute while on active duty and have those contributions matched two-for-one by the government.

If you are a veteran you must have served for a continuous period of 181 days or more, unless you were discharged because of a service-connected disability. You must have enrolled in and contributed to VEAP before April 1, 1987, and you must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. You must have completed either 24 months of active duty or the full period for which you were called to active duty. In most cases benefits must be used within 10 years of separation from service.

If you are a service person, you must have entered active duty on or after January 1, 1977, and before July 1, 1985. You must have enrolled in and contributed to VEAP before April 1, 1987, and have at least 3 months of contributions available. If you have fewer than 12 months of contributions available you must have an active allotment going to the education fund. Also, you must have served for a continuous period of 181 days or more and must have completed the first obligated period of active duty or 6 years, whichever is less. You must consult with the Education Services Officer (ESO) on your military facility before submitting an application for Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits.


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