This is an educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve called to active duty in response to a contingency operation declared by the President or Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who's eligible for chapter 1607. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the program and pays benefits. You can view an information pamphlet published by the VA here.
Members of the Selected Reserve may be eligible for benefits under Chapter 1607 after serving 90 consecutive days on active duty for a contingency operation. The Chapter 1607 benefit pays a percentage of the Chapter 30 3-year or more rate based on the number of continuous service days on active duty: 90 days, but less than 1 year pays 40%, 1 year but less than 2 years pays 60% and service of two continuous years OR an aggregate of 3 years or more pays 80% of the 3 year Chapter 30 rate. For exact payment rates, please refer to the payment rate tables on our Website.
Individuals making an initial application for this benefit may complete an on-line application using the VA's Veteran's On-Line Application System (VONAPP) or by completing and submitting an Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used this benefit at another school or wish to change their degree or program should complete and submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.
Chapter 1607 Kicker and Additional Contributions: A service member eligible for Chapter 1607 who is also eligible for the Chapter 1606 kicker will be paid the Chapter 1606 kicker. Beginning 1/28/08, Chapter 1607 reservists can participate in the "buy-up" program. They can pay up to $600 to increase their monthly benefit by as much as $150 per month. The reservist must be a member of a Ready Reserve component to pay the "buy-up".