In 2008, the Post-9/11 GI Bill was created and supported with IAVA leadership and has now sent more than one million veterans to school, and remains one of the military’s best retention and recruiting tools.
Last year, IAVA worked with VSO partners to pass the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, which included numerous expansions for the GI Bill, including elimination of the 15-year time limit to use the benefit.
But the GI Bill is constantly under threat of cuts by Congress, which is why IAVA continues to #DefendTheGIBill. IAVA swiftly defeated a ridiculous attempt in 2017 to establish a $2,400 fee for new servicemembers to access the benefit, resulting in the final version of the #ForeverGIBill providing the same expansions, but without establishing an absurd user fee. However, the GI Bill is still being exploited by predators in
the for-profit education sector who take advantage of veterans’ benefits and often leave veterans stuck with unnecessary debt and a subpar education. And we must continue to hold the line in defending these essential, earned benefits that are a cost of war.
In 2018 IAVA will:
- Pressure Congress to close loopholes that reward these bad actors for exploiting veterans and strengthen regulations that help veterans choose the best educational programs to meet their career goals.
- Steadfastly defend the GI Bill against any cuts, waste or abuse.
- Support efforts to elevate education and economic opportunity benefits like the GI Bill to the VA Undersecretary level.
- Continue to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans facing educational challenges and/or exploring educational opportunities through our digital resources, our local VetTogether events and our nationally-recognized Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP).
Sign IAVA’s petition to Secretary Mattis in order to remove new harmful DoD restrictions on the GI Bill here.
Read IAVA’s statement for the record for the House Veterans Affairs Committee on delayed GI Bill payments here
Learn more IAVA’s defense of veteran and military education benefits here.