Folks at the VA are racing to catch up with the backlog of software needed to address medical and education claims. They're also smart about getting done what needs to be done now.
From the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America:
$3,000 Advances to Bridge GI Bill Backlog
In response to widespread concern over the mounting backlog of Post 9/11 GI Bill claims, the Department of Veteran Affairs has taken action to help veterans who are struggling to make ends meet while they are waiting for their GI Bill checks to arrive. Starting October 2nd, veterans can now request a $3,000 advance on their housing and book allowances by bringing a photo ID, course schedule and eligibility certificate to one of the agency's 57 regional offices. The VA said it will also send officials to some college campuses and help coordinate transportation to regional offices. "Students should be focusing on their studies, not worrying about financial difficulties," Secretary of Veterans AffairsEric K. Shinseki said in a statement late Friday. Currently, of the 251,000 students who have submitted claims this year, 24,186 — less than 10 percent — have received checks, according to VA officials.