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Senate bill recently introduced would substantially improve, expand education benefits for veterans.
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The American Legion's Bob Madden appeared before Congress on Wednesday, testifying on the need for Post-9/11 GI Bill coverage at non-degree granting institutions.
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In January, VA announced it would overhaul its information technology systems to improve the timeliness and robustness with which GI Bill claims are processed. The first phase began earlier this week.
Those veterans who received advance education benefits payments last fall can contact VA by phone or online.
Currently, the Post-9/11 GI Bill won't cover vocational courses or on-the-job training offered at non-degree granting institutions. The American Legion hopes to fix that.
Legion, other veterans organizations to host ‘Veterans on Campus' symposium Feb. 28 in D.C.
To help clean up the claims backlog left over from first-semester Post-9/11 GI Bill users, VA is planning to enhance the way it processes claims.
In an effort to meet its Feb. 1 processing goal for GI Bill payments, VA says it is trying to work together with student veterans and school officials.
After the fall semester, VA released a report giving a number for college students using the GI Bill. It also addresses the claims process that has created backlogs.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a solicitation Oct. 21 for temporary contractor support to assist in processing the increased volume of education claims received since implementing the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.