A Veteran’s Story

The Cherokee County 912 Project sponsored a town hall with local North Carolina elected officials on August 25th, 2011. The following video from Dirk Epperly shows how our government treats our veterans.


The GI Bill has a time limit of 10 years:

Fact #1.
You have 10 – 15 years to use your GI Bill benefits.

Once you have separated from the service you have 10 years to use all of your benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill and 15 years to use you Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Although separating from service “starts the clock” on your 10-year time limit, you should know that if you rejoin active-duty service for more than 90 days, during the 10- year period, your 10-year clock is reset. In other words, you get 10 years from your last discharge.

Without intervention at a federal level, there are no exceptions for this requirement.

David DeGerolamo

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10 years ago

I attended this meeting and heard this veteran’s account first hand, as he described in stunning detail and clarity the struggles he and so many of our brave men and women face after service to our country. We must never abandon them.

Jack Epperly
10 years ago

That’s my brother and I’m also a veteran. Our father is buried in the Arlington National Cemetary. A World War Two veteran who died while on active duty when I was fourteen and Dirk was thirteen. We were raised in the military. And he’s right, this country does not do enough for veterans. And that’s a shame.

Kelly Epperly Clark
Kelly Epperly Clark
10 years ago

I don’t think there should be a time limit on the GI bill especially when these veterans came home to a country of people that hated them! As Dirk (my uncle) said, they were ashamed and suffering from disorders that nobody understood or cared about until recently. And anybody who is in any position to help should! I love you Uncle Dirk and support you 100%!