VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 01, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contribution from your military pay to participate in this Education Benefit program. The Government matches your contributions on a $2 for $1 basis. Basic entitlement provides assistance for the number of months you made contributions to a maximum of 36 months. Eligibility expires 10 years after last discharge from active duty. If there is entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.