How to Receive Your Benefits

Make the Vets' Office your first stop at Onondaga.  It's here that you can get general information and assistance and help in filling out your VA forms quickly and accurately.  Academic requirements, VA benefit amounts, and when to expect that first check?  Ask any question - we're here to help you!

What to bring when visiting our office

  • If you were Active Duty
    • Member 4 copy of DD-214 discharge papers
    • V.A. File number (if you previously applied online)
    • Records of service schools and coursework completed at other colleges that may apply to your studies here
    • Proof of additional contributions - LES (Leave & Earning Statement) or cash voucher receipts
  • If you are a Reservist or National Guard:
    • A copy of DD-2384-1 form. This form is obtained from your unit
    • V.A. file number or Social Security number
    • Any additional "kicker" information
    • Records of service schools and coursework completed at other colleges that may apply to your studies here.
  • If you are a Disabled Veteran, chapter 31 (service-connected):  If you have dependents but are not married or if you or your spouse has had a previous marriage, the V.A. requires copies of:
    • Your marriage license
    • All dependent children's birth certificates
    • Divorce decree(s)

GI/Montgomery Bill Self-Verification

Almost everyone receiving MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30) or MGIB-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) must verify their enrollment each month to receive payment for that month.  Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling the free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone 1-877-823-2378.

Also, to speed up receipt of your VA funds, we recommend you set up a direct deposit before your first payment.  The difference in receipt time is 3-5 days.  Call 1-800-827-1000 to set up direct deposit.