The New GI Bill: Just the Beginning

This is nothing short of historic and we should be proud.

Yesterday, I joined President Obama, VA Secretary Shinseki, Members of Congress and IAVA Member Veterans at a celebration for the new GI Bill, which went into effect on Saturday.

With over 125,000 veterans already signed up for the benefit, this is the week we begin building a new generation of American leaders.

And that's what I told CNN when I was interviewed about this historic milestone and IAVA's leadership role in getting the bill passed. Click here to watch the clip.

The VA's system to claim GI Bill benefits is complicated. To simplify the process, IAVA created NewGIBill.org, the premiere online resource for the new GI Bill. Thousands of vets have already used this one stop shop to calculate benefits and get questions answered.

When we started this fight two years ago, many people said we couldn't do it and the GI Bill would never get passed. Yet here we are, and now the lives of millions of vets will never be the same.

Years from now, we'll look back on this week as the start of something momentous.

Watch the President's speech applauding implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill below.