Veteran Affairs
Veteran Affairs

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Description

 

This is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the president or U.S. Congress.  This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, eligible for either education benefits or increased benefits.

 

Basic Eligibility

 

On or after Sept. 11, 2001, a service member of the Individual Ready Reserves is eligible if he or she:

Served on active duty in support of a contingency operation for 90 or more consecutive days; or

Performed full-time National Guard duty for 90 or more consecutive days for the purpose of responding to a national emergency and was supported by federal funds.

Individuals are eligible as soon as they have served 90 consecutive days on active duty in a qualifying period. Basic monthly rates are determined by length of active duty service.

 

Entitlement

 

All persons eligible under Chapter 1607 will have at least 36 months of entitlement, regardless of how long they serve. No one can receive more than 48 months of combined entitlement.

 

Combination of Programs

 

A claimant may be eligible for benefits under multiple education programs. Claimants must select which program they wish to use. Benefits cannot be paid under any program until election is received. Payment under more than one program simultaneously is prohibited.

 

Ending Dates

 

There is no specific ending date for an eligible Chapter 1607 reservist, as long as the member continues to serve in the Selected Reserves or is called to active duty while serving in the Selected Reserves or the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).

Service members who are separated because of a disability that is not the result of willful misconduct have an eligibility period of 10 years beginning on the date they became eligible for REAP. Members must have been discharged for the disability to receive this 10-year period.

 

 

 

 

Benefits

 

MGIB-SR kickers are determined by the Department of Defense and are not listed. Claimants are entitled to their kickers under REAP. The kickers are not subject to any adjustments because of the percentage level paid. It is prorated based on the claimant's training time.

Benefits under REAP are terminated if the reservist receives financial assistance under section 2107 (Senior ROTC scholarship) or separates from the Selected Reserves; if the member was called to active duty while in the Selected Reserves; or if the member separates from the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR) upon being called to active duty.

 

Application

 

To apply for Chapter 1607 benefits, fill out this electronic application and contact the Veterans Affairs Services Center- Ft. McIntosh Campus- Lerma Peña Building Room 250 or call (956) 764-5768, once you have completed it. 

 

In addition, you need to request that a copy of your military transcripts be sent to the Office of the Registrar and Admissions, Laredo Community College, West End Washington St, Laredo, TX 78040. This can be done online at each branch of service. 

 

Verification of Enrollment

 

Once a file is established and a student is enrolled, the VA requires monthly verification of enrollment. Submit your monthly verification toll-free by touch-tone telephone at 1-877-823-2378 or go online to www.gibill.va.gov and follow the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program. If your enrollment changes during a month, you must re-verify your enrollment through the WAVE program.  Payment can be expected 3 to 15 days from the date the VA is notified of verification.

Direct deposits are now available. Contact the VARO at 1-888-442-4551 to get set up

 

More Information
 To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or contact Maria Estela Garcia, Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Veterans Affairs Services Center- Ft. McIntosh Campus- Lerma Peña Building Room 250 or call (956) 764-5768.