GI Bill Reform Passes Congress

GI Bill Reform Passes Congress
House and Senate passed major reform of the Post 9/11 GI Bill program (H.R. 3218). Major provisions in the bill include:

• Eliminating the 15 year time limit for using education benefits;

• Abolishing exemption for GI Bill credit for Reserve Component members called to active duty under specified circumstances;

• Providing beneficiaries will not have to pay back tuition that attend schools that close or lose accreditation; and

• Awarding benefits to Purple Heart recipients without 36 month of active duty requirement.

FRA supported the enactment of the Post 9/11 GI bill in 2008 and welcomes the improvements contained in this bill. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a tremendous benefit for service members who qualify for the program and has significantly improved the morale of those currently serving. The bill now goes to President Trump to be signed into law.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of FRA.

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