GI Bill Payments Will Continue For Those Affected By Hurricanes

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Texas National Guardsmen aid citizens in heavily flooded areas of Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Lt. Zachary West/Army
Texas National Guardsmen aid citizens in heavily flooded areas of Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Lt. Zachary West/Army

The VA says that veterans affected by hurricanes, wildfires or other natural disasters don't need to worry about their GI Bill benefits.

In a statement on their website, the VA says that "If your school is, or was, temporarily closed due to a natural disaster, VA will consider your attendance as continuous and your payment will not be affected." This means that you will continue to receive your housing allowance even if you cannot attend classes. Veterans using the Montgomery GI Bill must verify their attendance online like normal to receive payment.

Of course, this comes with some fine print. If you are enrolled, and the school hasn't sent your enrollment to the VA yet, you are out of luck. You won't get any money until classes resume. Also, if the school remains open, or opens later but you cannot attend due to hurricane related issues, you won't get any GI Bill payments.

For more information you should contact the VA at 888-442-4551.

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