Legion attends GI Bill enrollment ceremony

Legion attends GI Bill enrollment ceremony
American Legion Legislative Director Tim Tetz, fourth from right, attends the enrollment ceremony for the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act.

A new bill that will dramatically improve benefits awarded through the new GI Bill was widely praised at a Dec. 17 ceremony in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. The legislation, supported by The American Legion, now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act makes it easier for veterans to take advantage of their education benefits, helps them enter the civilian work force more successfully, and extends benefits to more National Guard and reserve members.

"The passage of this act is the latest milestone in The American Legion's longtime advocacy for the GI Bill," said Jimmie Foster, the Legion's national commander. "About 400,000 more veterans will become eligible for their education benefits when the president signs this bill into law.

"While this measure doesn't give us everything we've been asking for, it certainly addresses a majority of the deficiencies the Legion has been trying to correct since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2008."

Pelosi thanked The American Legion for its strong support for the new measure.

To read a summary of Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (S.3447), click here.

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Randy E. Stoker

December 22, 2010 - 8:20pm

The document summary of the changes to the G.I. bill on the link above mentions the "GOOD" and "BAD" of the new bill. One missing "Bad" from the document; the G.I. bill changes will dramatically reduce living stipends for part-time students. Currently, a part-time student attending less than full-time, but more than 1/2 time receive the full living stipend. When the bill goes into effect (probably 1 Aug 2011), these part-time students will see their stipends cut and prorated. A student attending at 3/4 part-time with stipend of $1600 per month will see his payment drop to $1200 when this bill goes into effect. That's a huge drop of $400 per month!

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