VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WAVY) - Hundreds of veterans say the VA owes them money. Their GI Bill stipend checks are nearly 90 days late.
Here is how the post 9/11 GI Bill works: part of the benefit is paid directly to the school to cover a veteran's tuition, the other portion, about 1,500 dollars a month, is sent to the veteran to cover books, housing and food.
Without it, veterans like Letasha Prince say they can't get by.
Hundreds of comments are filling up the Post 9-11 GI Bill Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook page .
"Do you people care at all?" one veteran wrote.
Prince was honorably discharged from the Navy last year. She has since gone from being a cook to being a fashion student at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.
Last semester, she received her monthly stipend checks on time. However, this semester she's still waiting for her check.
"I go days hungry, because I don't have money for food and I'm checking my bank account daily like maybe they put it in and I didn't know it," Prince said.
Prince told WAVY.com a representative told her, her payments are being processed.
10 On Your Side reached out to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Spokesman Randy Noller responded via email that he was looking into the issue and wasn't sure if he'd have an answer Monday.
The next day, Noller said the agency was still looking into the problem, but it is not believed that the issue is a systemic one.
WAVY.com also called the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, where Prince is a student. Kim Resnik, regional public relations manager-southeast, released the following statement:
" As we discussed on the phone, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach has complied with all deadlines, processes and procedures required by the Veterans Administration related to benefits for our student veterans. Our staff follows up with the VA on behalf of any student who reports to us that their benefit is late or not correct."
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