When 36 Equals 39

My Last Semester

On January 16, 2014, I will be starting what will be my last semester of college using the Post 9/11 GI-Bill. Today, I received my what should be my last letter explaining my eligibility, and it states, “As of February 21, 2014 you have 0 months and 0 days remaining.” It is kind of like the end of an era for me.

Now, of course, my next semester does not end on the 21st of February — it will extend until sometime Mid-May — but my benefit (tuition, books, BAH, etc.) will extend until the semester’s completion because I will not bump up against the maximum 48 months allowed by law, so my 36 months of benefit will actually end up being about 39 months. Cool.

So far, I have finished one degree. It is an AAS for Information Technology – Web Development. My current degree path will have me graduating with a similar degree in the Graphic Arts — Multimedia. I find that both disciplines complement each other very well.

Beyond keeping up and running, I also have a few other Web sites — one is, it will have a lot of basic “how to” tips for keeping you vehicle running. Of all my other sites, it is in the most presentable state, and then on the other end of the spectrum, I have, it is just getting started… a long way to go with that one (it will be my portfolio site. A place to post my photos, videos, images, and vector graphics.

I have two sons that served in the Navy, both earned and used their Post 9/11 GI-Bill. Tommy, the oldest, graduated with a Bachelor’s and still had enough left to pay for a couple of semesters of law school. Kevin, my second son, completed his BS and is now in a Master’s program — he has yet to exhaust his benefit. This is SO much better than VEAP and MGIB!

Once you earn your GI-Bill, do you plan stay in the service and transfer it to an eligible dependent or use it yourself?

Well, back to work — I have a lot of writing to do!

Southwest TN Community College AAS Degree

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  1. Vigilis says:

    All this while learning to chef as well? Well done, Tom!

  2. NCCM(Ret) says:


    I stay busy in my old age!

  3. Tim Kuno says:

    As someone who joined the Navy in 1983 and was rewarded with a poor VEAP education program, I was thrilled to learn about the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Having completed a Bachelor’s degree on active duty using Tuition Assistance, I took advantage of the opportunity of the Post 9/11 GI Bill shortly after retirement. I completed one Master’s degree and I am now nearly complete with a second Master’s with my last remaining months of benefits. The VA really got it right with this program and I encourage anyone eligible to consider using their benefits to further their education.

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