IAVA is pleased to see that the VA adopted many of our recommended changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill regulations. The recently published final regulations addressed over half of IAVA’s top concerns. These changes are worth thousands of dollars to veterans who will be using this new benefit, and specifically include:
- Ensuring that school health insurance programs are covered by the new GI Bill.
- Encouraging private universities and colleges to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program by increasing flexibility:
- Allowing separate schools within a college to participate
- Removing restrictive requirements on how schools fund the program
- Allowing spouses/dependents to benefit from a servicemember’s enlistment kickers.
- Clearly defining when a servicemember with readjustment issues can leave school and not be billed for courses not completed.
We were also grateful to see the VA include GI Bill eligibility for officers of the Public Health Service (PHS) and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and clarify that other forms of financial aid will not affect GI Bill benefits.
While a majority of these regulatory changes were pro-veteran, IAVA still has some concerns with the regulations that should be addressed immediately. For example:
- Unfair prohibition on transferring benefits to children between the ages of 18-26
- Denying enlistment kickers to part-time students and distance learners
- Denying the Montgomery GI Bill buy-in refunds to part-time students and distance learners
To learn more about the Post-9/11 GIBill, click here.