If you have received an emergency GI Bill check from the VA and need to cash it at a bank, bring this number with you – (800)827-2166.
If a bank is reluctant to cash your GI Bill check on the spot, have a bank manager call the number and speak to a VA representative.
According to the Washington Post, some banks are placing a 5-day hold on the checks in order to protect against fraud. In order to process a veteran’s request for the emergency funds, some VA reps needed to handwrite checks and this sent red flags up at the banks.
The VA has distributed approximately $70 million in emergency GI Bill funds since this past Friday and almost half of the students enrolled in the Post 9/11 program are still awaiting their benefitsv