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Stabenow Urges Veterans to Visit Detroit VA to Receive Advanced Education Benefit Payments or Apply Online

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Stabenow Urges Veterans to Visit Detroit VA to Receive Advanced Education Benefit Payments or Apply Online

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that veterans who have applied for Veterans Affairs (VA) (G.I. Bill) education benefits and have not yet received their monthly payment as of October 2, 2009 can now receive advance payment up to $3,000 at the Detroit VA Regional Office or through a special online application at . These payments are available to veterans currently enrolled in school under a VA education program and can be used for housing and books only. The tuition payment will be paid directly to the school.

Starting October 2, eligible veterans may go to the Detroit VA Regional Office with a government-issued photo ID and course schedule to receive an immediate advance payment. Currently, the Detroit VA Regional Office is the only location offering in-person advanced payments, however, alternative distribution sites are being considered.

A veteran applying online will be issued an advance payment check from the U. S. Treasury within three business days following submission of the application. The Treasury check will be delivered to the veteran by the U. S. Postal Service. A Treasury-issued advance payment is expected to be received by the veteran within 1-2 weeks.

"Over 760,000 brave Michigan men and women have worn the uniform in defense of our country and thousands more are currently serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By offering these advance payments we show our appreciation for all their hard work and sacrifice," said Stabenow. "Education is key to the success of our nation, and Michigan's veterans deserve this emergency support. Michigan's veterans and their families will benefit from this advance payment as it helps to alleviate the burden of out-of-pocket expenses as they wait for regular benefit payments to begin."

A veteran is eligible if they are enrolled in school under one of the VA Education Programs:

* Chapter 33 -- Post-9/11 GI Bill
* Chapter 30 -- Montgomery GI Bill
* Chapter 1606 -- Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve
* Chapter 1607 -- Reserve Education Assistance Program

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