Following a public outcry in recent weeks over the delayed payment of GI Bill benefits, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced on Saturday that emergency benefit checks of up to $3000 will be issued starting Friday, October 2.
In a VA press release, Secretary Shinseki said, “Students should be focusing on their studies, not worrying about financial difficulties.”
To receive an emergency check, students must bring a photo ID and a course schedule to one of 57 VA regional benefit offices located across the country. VA representatives are also expected to travel to schools with a significant number of veteran-students to assist the students with processing their advance payment checks. Veteran Service Organizations are also expected to assist with transportation needs.
Contact a VA regional office (VARO) in your area for more information.