IRIS and The GI Bill Help Portal To Be Replaced By Ask VA

Updated: December 24, 2022
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    The Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier for veterans to ask questions and get answers, according to a Sept. 20 announcement on the VA’s website. But that means two familiar portals, the Information Routing and Inquiry Service (IRIS) and the G.I. Bill Help Portal, are going away. 

    The new service, Ask VA, goes live on Oct. 18. It will serve as a single, streamlined online service for all veterans and members of the military community. Ask VA will route veterans’ questions directly to the appropriate benefit office for faster assistance, the VA said.

    Do I Need to Sign in to Ask VA?

    You do not need to be signed in to to use AVA, but if you want to track a specific question, you’ll need to verify your identity. Verified users can track and follow up on past questions and don’t have to give all of their information each time they ask a new one. 

    How to Become a Verified Ask VA User

    To access verified user features on AVA, proof of identity is required. You’ll need to create an account on one of the following sites to verify your identity:

    Saved questions in IRIS and the G.I. Bill Help Portal will disappear

    Once Ask VA comes online on Oct. 18, IRIS and the G.I. Bill Help Portal will be deactivated, so veterans will no longer be able to use that service to ask questions. 

    Any questions you’ve previously asked in the old portal will no longer be accessible. So, if you want to follow up on something, the VA recommends submitting a new question through Ask VA.

    Written by Christy Van Drunen

    Christy Van Drunen is a contributing writer for She is a veteran with over 19 years of service with experience in many unique military specialties, including readiness and training, combat medicine, administration and communications security and repair. A service member herself, Van Drunen is also a military spouse. She is a lover of cocktails, a philosophy student and an avid gym rat. She lives with her husband, two dogs and two cats in mid-Missouri.