(April 11, 2017) National Guardsmen and Reservists stop earning credit for GI Bill benefits when receiving medical care after they are wounded, injured or become ill during active-duty deployments.
Three senators have introduced legislation that would prevent reserve-component members from losing those benefits, which active-component troops continue to earn.
Reserve-component members recovering from a wound or injury suffered on active duty are placed in 12301h status, or medical hold. While in this status, their active-duty time no longer counts toward Post 9/11 GI Bill entitlement.
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The GI Bill Fairness Act, which was introduced last week by Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would treat time spent receiving medical care as active-duty service for the purpose of receiving the education benefit.
“It is absurd that combat-injured Guard and Reserve members are being unfairly penalized under current law,” Boozman said. “This legislation is needed to correct this injustice for our service members.”
Wyden described the current law as “inexplicable” and said, “Our common-sense, bipartisan legislation will fix this injustice by making sure these brave Americans get the benefits they’ve earned.”