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Received veterans' education assistance

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GOTVEDUC indicates whether respondents who received veterans' payments during the previous calendar year received veterans' educational assistance. The specific educational assistance programs administered by the Veterans Administration have varied over time; programs include the Veterans' Educational Assistance Program, the Montgomery G.I. Bill, and the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program.


This variable is comparable over time.

Other variables available for 1989 onward identify recipients of alternative forms of veterans' payments: GOTVSURV (for recipients of veterans' survivor benefits); GOTVPENS (for recipients of veterans' pensions); GOTVDISA (for recipients of veterans' disability compensation); and GOTVOTHE (for recipients of other veterans' payments).

For 1988 onward, other sources of financial assistance for post-high school education are reported in SRCEDUC. Payments from the Veterans Administration were specifically excluded from this variable; payments from other government grants, scholarships from educational institutions, and assistance from employers, friends, and relatives not living in the same household were included.

For 1988 onward, the total amount of income individuals received from veterans' payments of all types during the previous calendar year is specified in INCVET. For years prior to 1988, the amount of income received from veterans' payments is grouped with other sources of income in INCUNERN (for 1962-1967) and in INCGOV (for 1968-1987). While the monetary value of veterans' payments cannot be determined for individuals prior to 1988, recipients of veterans' payments during the preceding calendar year are identified by the GOTVETPA variable for 1976-1987.


  • Persons age 15+ who received veterans' payments during the previous calendar year.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1988 – 2023 - - X - - - - - - - - -



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