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Using Funds from Disability Compensation and the GI Bill for Going Back to School

Using Funds from Disability Compensation and the GI Bill for Going Back to School

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[Adam Anicich] One of the real common questions I get from veterans who are going back to school and who also have a service-connected disability that they're receiving disability compensation from VA for is, "If I receive the VA disability compensation, is that going to take away from the Post-9/11 GI Bill?" for example. "Is my money going to be reduced? Am I in some way not going to have as much resources at my disposal that I have to somehow supplement my income with additional work— take on extra hours at the job or find a second job?" The answer is no. They're totally separate. You can be in receipt of disability compensation for your service-connected injuries, basically the injuries that you've incurred while in service. Those are benefits you've earned. They're not going to be taken away in that sense just because you're receiving Montgomery GI Bill or Post-9/11 GI Bill funds to go to school. Think about that. Think about how the combination of those two sources of income might be enough to help you get a part-time job and really go back to school full-time because in the long run the school is what's going to pay off. Thanks.

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Receiving service-related disability compensation does not interfere with the funds veterans receive from the GI Bill, explains Adam.

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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