Post 911 GI Bill Fee Proposed
This past week, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Chairman Rep. Phil Roe (Tenn.) proposed a $100 monthly fee for as long as two years for recruits to be eligible for the Post 911GI Bill education benefits. The fee would raise $3 billion in additional revenue throughout a 10-year period. The HVAC subcommittee hearing on veteran’s education benefits scheduled for this week was cancelled. HVAC Ranking Member Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.) stated, “With U.S. military operations expanding around the world, asking our troops to pay for their own benefits while we are still engaged in conflict sends the wrong signal and is the wrong thing to do.” FRA believes veterans have earned this benefit with their military service. No legislation has been introduced…yet. The Association will continue to monitor the legislative process and report on developments as they occur.