Veterans throughout Middle Tennessee have grown concerned because they haven’t received their GI Bill funding this month.
In 2001, several months after the 9/11 terror attacks, Ben Cann decided to enlist in the Army.
“I don’t have the type A personality where I would ever be a door kicker but I felt the door kickers needed someone that cared about them and I became an Army medic to do that,” he said.
He served two tours oversees before coming home and beginning school to get his LPN license.
Since 2012 he’s been working towards that goal with help from the GI Bill.
“That’s the sole reason that I’m able to go to school right now,” said Cann. Every month he has been getting a stipend. “Somewhere around $1,500 dollars.”
However, on October 1, he noticed the money wasn’t there. It has been nearly two weeks later, still no answers.
“Well the panic button was hit when I started to get in touch with people at the VA and I really didn’t get a good answer. They told us I don’t know, we don’t know what’s going on, we don’t have that information, we don’t know when the money is going to come,” Cann explained.
On the Post 9/11 GI Bill Facebook page, service members and veterans from across the nation have also sounded off, saying they too have not received their GI Bill funds.
“Every individual on the GI Bill in my class has not been paid yet,” said Cann.
We spoke to the Tennessee Department of Veteran Affairs who said education benefits are distributed through the federal level, because of the holiday our calls to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs have not been returned. Meanwhile, unanswered questions turn to fear for veterans like Cann.
“That frightens me to death, I’m two months away from graduating. If I don’t receive any payment in 90 days I have to drop out and all this work for the last three years is just down the tube,” Cann said.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affiars web site state payment processing can take up to 29 days. However, Cann said he has confirmation his application was received on Sept. 3.
He said if he’s able to finish school, he wants to work as a nurse at the VA Hospital.