But according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than half of the service members eligible for G.I. Bill benefits aren't using it.
Virginia officials hope this changes when NASCAR comes to Richmond this weekend for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400.
The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill has been named as the presenting sponsor for the NASCAR weekend.
"This will bring some much-needed publicity to the program," said Annie Walker, director of the State Approving Agency for Education and Training under the Virginia Department of Vetearns Services.
Generally, military sevice members qualify for Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits if they served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Unlike student loans,G.I. Bill benefits do not have to be repaid.
Benefits include $335.50 per credit hour, $1,000 a year for books and a housing allowance.