GI Bill payment delays wreaking havoc for veterans

Veterans who were hoping to take advantage of new GI Bill benefits are finding themselves in financial turmoil as they wait for the government to issue checks for their tuition and living expenses.

According to today’s New York Times, 277,000 veterans and their dependants applied for assistance and only 33,000 tuition payments and benefits checks made directly to applicants have been processed. The VA reports that it takes 35 days to process a claim however, some veterans could wait longer than eight weeks to receive payment.

Veterans and their eligible relatives may have to take out private loans to cover expenses that they expected to pay with money from the VA. Critics are questioning the department’s failure to communicate details of the program and an inability to efficiently process the tide of claims that came with the announcement of revisions to the GI Bill.