Post-9/11 GI Bill Becoming Greater

National VFW - 7/17/2017

The historic Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming even greater, thanks entirely to strong congressional support and the intense advocacy of the VFW and other veterans and military service organizations in Washington and around the country. Since its signing in 2008 and activation in 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has helped more than 1 million veterans to pursue their post-military educational goals, but gaps in eligibility and coverage began to emerge as more and more veterans — or their survivors — took advantage of it. "But no more,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy. "This Congress is acting on our suggestions to correct deficiencies to ensure that all who are eligible — and those who have yet to raise their right hands — will benefit from the greatest educational benefit for veterans ever created,” he said. The beefed up GI Bill will take care of Purple Heart recipients who don’t have the requisite three years of active service; veterans attending schools that abruptly closed; involuntarily activated Guardsmen and Reservists; survivors who are currently denied access to the Yellow Ribbon Program; the re-transfer of benefits to another sibling should the first child unfortunately die; and removes the 15-year, use-or-lose clause. The VFW has launched an Action Alert to let members of Congress know we want the bill brought to a vote and passed. Take action here.