The short version of our story is my husband went into the army to serve 4 years and have his medical school paid for. I was done with college, in a good job and we had recently bought our first house so I was to stay behind as we were not married at the time. He basically got screwed from day so I gave up my career and our home and went to be with him at his first duty station after we were married. His request to finish school got denied more times than I can remember at our first duty station even though he wants to go online and would do school on his time. Since arriving at our second duty station they did not want to approve his school with deployment approaching which I do not understand because he could have completed a full semester and started a second semester before their deployment window opened. He is currently deployed and talking about getting out when he returns so he is able to finish school. I have a million questions about it as we are waiting till he returns to have a baby. He mentioned we get BAH and unemployment for 6 months along with his school being paid for, but didn’t know about health insurance and due to the bad internet connection couldn’t elaborate further. Do you have information or know where I can find information about benefits for school, housing, insurance etc and the duration once they are honorably discharged? Thank you very much for your help!
I am assuming that he is being honorably discharged and this isn’t a med board or a retirement situation. In that case, you will not have insurance benefits after he gets out. There is an option that is similar to COBRA where you can extend insurance coverage for up to 18 months, however, it is VERY expensive (about $2,000 a quarter last time I checked).
As far as school is concerned, if he has served his full enlistment, he would be eligible for full benefits under the GI Bill. If he has the Montgomery GI Bill, he will receive a monthly stipend while he is in school. He receives the same amount regardless of his school, expenses, location, etc. If he decides to switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, it pays based on the state where the college is located. At some schools, tuition will be completely covered and at some, you may still owe a great deal in tuition. In addition, you will receive BAH at the E-5 with dependents rate based on the zip code where the school is located. He will also be eligible for a $1,000 stipend for books. You can get additional information here: VA GI Bill