GI Bill specifics available online

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist

With the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 signed into law June 30, military members and veterans crave information on whether, when and how they will gain access to the richer education package, known also as the Webb GI Bill or the Webb-Hagel GI Bill.

Keith M. Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration, gave refreshingly direct and detailed answers during a Military Update interview last week.

Wilson said the VA also has a pamphlet on the new GI Bill posted at its Web site — — and a toll free number, 1-888-GIBILL1, for follow-up questions.

Here are highlights of his comments:

Post-9/11 benefits — The first thing active members, reservists and veterans should know is that, to qualify for the new GI Bill, they must have served at least 90 consecutive days on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.