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    Court Overturns Ruling That Would Have Given Some Vets Extra GI Bill Money for More School

    Court Overturns Ruling That Would Have Given Some Vets Extra GI Bill Money for More School

    A federal court has overturned an earlier decision that would have allowed veterans to receive up to an additional year of education benefits under the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI bills, a judgment that will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the plaintiff's attorneys say.

    Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a 2021 ruling by a three-person Federal Circuit panel that would have let veteran James Rudisill receive the maximum amount of education benefits stipulated in the GI bills.

    Attorneys argued that Rudisill, who served as an enlisted soldier in the Army from 2000 to 2002 and as an officer from 2007 to 2011, was entitled to the maximum allowed by law from the Department of Veterans Affairs, up to 48 months from both programs.

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    The VA's attorneys have asserted that the law creating the Post-9/11 GI Bill limits entitlement to one program or the other, based on what the veteran selects.

    A three-judge panel sided with Rudisill in July 2021, but the federal government petitioned for the case to be heard by the full court. In its decision, handed down Dec. 15, the court ruled that the law states that if a person has some used benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill program and elects to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 program, the benefits will be limited to one month, or a partial month, of entitlement under…

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