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February 20, 2021

Carr v. McDonough, No. 16-3438(Decided February 19, 2021); Carr v. Wilkie, 961 F.3d 1168, 1176 (Fed. Cir. 2020), rev’g 31 Vet.App. 128 (2019); a person may receive benefits exceeding 48 months, notwithstanding section 3695’s express prohibition; § 21.9635(y) is not consistent with section 3319; 38 U.S.C. § 3319 (authorizing the transfer of unused benefits to a spouse or
children); the Federal Circuit reversed, interpreting the phrase “may receive” as referring only to an initial calculation of a veteran’s entitlement and not to the amount of benefits that a person may, in fact, receive. It then concluded that the statute does not preclude an individual, who has accumulated and used a total of 48 months of educational benefits from a combination of chapters, from receiving an extension in benefits until the end of a semester. Carr, 961 F.3d at 1173;

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