26 September 2009

VA Secretary orders emergency checks to veterans awaiting educational benefits

Yesterday Secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Veterans Affairs Department authorized checks for up to $3,000 to be given to students who have applied for educational benefits and who have not yet received their government payment. The checks are due to be distributed starting on 2 October 2009.

Students can go to one of the VA's 57 regional benefit offices starting on Friday with a photo identification and a course schedule to request advance payment of their education benefits. Because not all these offices are located near students. VA expects to send representatives to schools with large veteran-student bodies and work with veteran service organizations to help students with transportation needs.

A list of VA offices is available here. For further information the VA's press release can be found here.

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