Our work on the new GI Bill is not done. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a historic commitment to this generation of veterans and over 300,000 students have taken advantage of this hard earned benefit. But, while some student veterans are on the path to earning themselves a first class future, tens of thousands of veterans are being left behind.
Tune in today at 1:00pm EST to watch IAVA Policy Associate Tim Embree testify before the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, on critical upgrades IAVA recommends for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Too many young veterans find themselves unable to take advantage of these GI Bill benefits and many others, already using the new GI Bill, have had their benefits cut by needlessly complicated regulations in Chapter 33. In order to complete our work on the new GI Bill, IAVA recommends swift passage of H.R. 5933, commonly referred to as the New GI Bill 2.0.
New GI Bill 2.0 finishes the Post 9/11 GI Bill and would cover several issues:
- Student veterans complete their assignments on time and so should the VA: Nine months late updating the new BAH rates and one month late publishing the 2010-11 tuition/fees chart.
- Delays are imminent: 160,000 backlogged GI Bill claims, 60% more than any other time this decade with the exception of last year. This will mean unacceptably long wait times, yet again.
- Processing remains plagued by repeated mistakes: Many veterans have been erroneously denied benefits and are forced to spend months trying to unravel the errors.
- Lack of reliable information costs veterans: The irrevocable choice between the new and old GI Bill is worth thousands of dollars and VA still lacks good resources to help inform that choice.
- Refunds of overpayments: There are no guidelines for schools to follow to repay the VA for erroneous tuition overpayments and this results in veterans having their entire GI Bill withheld.
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