Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP)

VA has informed us that approximately 115,000 veterans of the post-Vietnamese era are entitled to a refund of their contributions to the Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP). If you don’t know, VEAP was a military education and training savings program for post-Vietnamese veterans.

Why do some service members need to be reimbursed?

Generally, Veterans have ten years from the date of release to use their education benefits. Some ineligible Veterans still have unused contributions and are entitled to a refund.

Who could miss their refund?

Veterans potentially eligible for reimbursement would have:

  • Entered active service between 01/01/77 and 06/30/85
  • Contributed to VEAP in active service and before 04/01/2087
  • Not used all their contributions
  • Not to have been removed from office
  • Complete 24 months of continuous service Where were dismissed prematurely due to:
  • Government convenience within three months of leaving enlistment (an “early out” under Title 10, Section 1171)
  • Difficulties (under Title 10, Article 1173)
  • Service-related disability (this includes persons assessed for a compensable service-related disability even if they have not been released for that disability)

What should an eligible or potentially eligible veteran do?

If you have unused VEAP funds, you must submit VA Form 22-5281 after completing Sections 1 to 6, 14, 15 and 18. It will take 3 to 4 weeks to receive a response and / or refund by check from the US Treasury.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for a refund or have participated in VEAP, you can call the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442 4551) at nationally or 001-918-781-5678 abroad, Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT.


Pat strand
Cook County Veterans Duty Officer
Cook County Courthouse
411 West 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone. : 218-387-3639 Cell: 218-264-9092
E-mail: [email protected]
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