Serving Those Who Served Us

Veterans' Services
Salem campus
Building 2, Room 200, Windows 6, 7, & 8
Customer Services Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm.
Students are seen on a walk-in basis - no appointment is necessary

Unemployment Insurance and the Post 9/11 GI Bill:

The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law on November 25th, 2015 prohibits an individual from receiving unemployment benefits while receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. If you have questions regarding this change, you should contact the Oregon Employment Department at (800) 237-371 (in-state only).

GI Bill benefits and your federal and state taxes:

IRS Pub 970, page 7 states "Payments you receive for education, training, or subsistence under any law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are tax free. Do not include these payments as income on your federal tax return". These payments should also not be included on your state tax return.

Correspondence From VA Debt Management:

The VA Debt Management Center (DMC) recently experienced a delay in mailing notice of indebtedness letters which impacted schools and Veterans. This delay was due to the recent and unexpected closure of DMC's government print vendor.
The disrupted letter processing resulted in some letters which contain a printed date that differs from the actual mailing date.
If you received a DMC letter dated between November 23rd and December 27, 2015, there was approximately a 20 day delay in releasing these letters. Due to this mailing delay, the DMC extended its debt collection timeline for an additional 20 days. This will provide the additional time needed to verify and pay the indebtedness before any referral to the Treasury Offset Program.
For further clarification, please contact the DMC education team at DMCEDU.VBASPL@va.gov or via the DMC call center at: 1-800-827-0648, for international callers 1-612-713-6415

Chemeketa Veterans' Services provides the following services:

  • Information on the eligibility criteria for the various educational benefit programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • How students can compare the different GI Bill® benefit programs they may be eligible for
  • Assist veterans and eligible dependents in completing applications for the different educational benefit programs administered by the Veteran's Administration
  • The steps new students should follow when first applying for GI Bill benefits
  • Information on Chemeketa degrees and programs that are approved for veteran educational benefits
  • Information on the regulations and application deadlines for requesting an advance payment of GI Bill benefits
  • Information on how you have your schooling at other colleges and your military training evaluated for credit as a Chemeketa student
  • Monitoring and reporting to the Veteran's Administration, student's compliance with state and federal regulations in regard to program requirements, grades, prior credit, satisfactory academic progress and program completion and graduation
  • Significant winter term 2016 dates that may be of interest to students using VA Educational Benefits
  • How you may obtain a duplicate copy of your GI Bill Letter or Certificate of Eligibility or your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)

For More Information

If you would like additional information, please contact us at 503.399.5004 or via E-mail. You may also fax us at 503.399.3908.

‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."