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Ensuring Educational Opportunities for Disabled Veterans

In November of 2020, U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced legislation seeking to improve the requirements for America’s disabled service members attempting to receive federal financial aid. The Honor Our Nation’s Oath to Remember (HONOR) Our Veterans’ Sacrifice A seeks to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 by updating the definition of untaxed income and benefits by excluding veterans benefits, to include VA Disability Compensation, from the list of benefits required by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Maryland Protects Veterans

Maryland First State to Protect Veterans from College Profiteering

Maryland First State to Protect Veterans from College Profiteering Effective July 1st, 2020, the Veteran’s Education Protection Act, which was passed in the Maryland General Assembly on May 7th, removes any incentive for an educational institution operating in Maryland to employ deceptive practices that defraud veterans. What’s the Issue? There has been a practice at…

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SVA Student Veteran Covid-19 Survey

SVA Student Veteran Survey Insights

Student Veterans of America Survey Offers Interesting Results In March 2020, our partner organization, Student Veterans of America (SVA), conducted a comprehensive survey to determine the impact of COVID-19 on student veterans and the veteran community as a whole. The web survey, conducted between March 16th and March 19th, 2020, received a total of 567…

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New Protections For Student Veterans During Covid-19

New Protections for Student Veterans During Covid-19

Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 On April 28th, 2020, the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 was signed into law by President Trump. The bill was introduced in late-March by Representative Mark Takano (D-CA-41) and gathered widespread support by many in Congress over the past few weeks. The law addresses education programs…

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Corona's Impact on GI Bill

Congress to Stop Coronavirus’ Impact on GI Bill Rates

Update 03/21/2020: The legislation to protect veterans from the impact of campus closures has been signed by President Trump, thus safeguarding GI Bill benefits (Housing Stipend) from being reduced for veterans who were forced to take classes online due to the coronavirus. House and Senate lawmakers have introduced bills that could stop the impact of…

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GI Bill Horror Story

Dependent’s Post-9/11 GI Bill Horror Story

If one of your parents has served in the military and can receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, they might be able to transfer those benefits to you. That way, you can pay for college to get the education you want. However, sometimes things can go wrong. Here’s one person’s GI Bill horror story.

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education savings act military families

Education Savings Act for Military Families

Did you know that by the time most military children complete secondary school, they will have switched schools between six to nine times? According to the DoDEA, this is true, and it is three times more frequently than non-military families. You can probably relate to this with your own military children. This Education Savings Act…

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Unemployment Rate Down, But Not For Post-9/11 Veterans

Good news came out with the Economic News Release, dated October 4th, 2019, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment rates are now at a 50 year low of 3.5% for September of 2019. This is down from the September 2018 rate of 3.7%. The last time unemployment rates were this low was December of…

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disabled veteran student loan debt

President Trump Announced Student Loan Debt Of Eligible Disabled Veterans Will Be Expedited

In August of 2019, President Donald Trump announced that his administration will expedite the process for forgiving the Federal student loan debt of eligible veterans. He signed a memorandum on discharging the federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans. Doing this will order the Department of Education to eliminate the federal student loan debt owned by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled.

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GI Bill Housing Payments Going Up For Some Online Classes

Full MHA Rates For Hybrid Classes With The Post 9/11 GI Bill Starts Now As of August 15th, 2019, hybrid classes will now be eligible for the full MHA (Monthly Housing Allowance) rates for housing with your Post 9/11 GI Bill. This will apply for classes that start Aug 15th, 2019 or later. It is…

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Retake DSST Exam for Free

Retake DSST Exam For Free For A Limited Time

From August 1st through September 30th, eligible military members can retake their DSST exams for free if they do not pass them the first time. This is potentially great news for those taking DSST exams through DANTES! What Is DANTES? DANTES stands for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support and provides no-cost education and career-planning…

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Rick Scott Congress

Rick Scott: Veteran, Senator From Florida

Rick Scott is a Republican who has won a seat in US Senate from the state of Florida. He has served as governor of Florida since 2010, and will be ending his term as governor this January when he joins the Senate. About Rick Scott Scott was born in 1952 in Bloomington, Illinois and grew…

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Jared Golden Congress

Jared Golden: Veteran, Congressman from Maine

Jared Golden is a Democrat who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. He is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives. About Jared Golden Golden was born in 1982 in Maine and raised in Leeds, Maine. He lives in Lewiston, Maine with his wife…

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Denver Riggleman Congress

Denver Riggleman: Veteran, Congressman from Virginia

Denver L. Riggleman III is a Republican who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Although he did put in a bid to run for governor and later withdrew, this will be his first political office. About Denver Riggleman Riggleman was born in 1970 in Manassas, Virginia…

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Gil Cisneros Congress

Gil Cisneros: Veteran, Congressman from California

Gil Cisneros is a Democrat who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in California’s 39th Congressional District. This is his first political office. About Gil Cisneros Cisneros was born in 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He now lives in Yorba Linda, California with his wife, Jacki and two children. Education He…

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Mark Green Congress

Mark Green: Veteran, Congressman from Tennessee

Mark Green is a Republican who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District. Green has been in politics since 2012 when he was elected to the Tennessee Senate. About Mark Green Green was born in 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida and now lives in Ashland City, Tennessee with…

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Van Taylor Congress

Van Taylor: Veteran, Congressman from Texas

Nicholas Van Campen Taylor, knowns as Van Taylor is a Republican who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Texas’ 3rd Congressional District. He has a few years of political experience serving in the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives. About Van Taylor Taylor was born in 1972 in…

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Dan Crenshaw Congress

Dan Crenshaw: Veteran, Congressman from Texas

Dan Crenshaw is a Republican who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District. This is his first political office. About Dan Crenshaw Crenshaw was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1984 and grew up in Katy, Texas, however due to his father’s job in the oil and gas…

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Elaine Luria

Elaine Luria: Veteran, Congresswoman from Virginia

Elaine Luria is a Democrat who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. This is her first political office. About Elaine Luria Elaine was born in 1975 in Birmingham, Alabama and now lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband Robert and three children. Education and Military Background…

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Mark Takano Congress

Rep. Mark Takano Likely to Lead House Veterans Affairs Committee

Rep. Mark Takano, a Democrat representing California’s 41st Congressional District will probably become the leader of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. While Takano has not served in the military himself, members of his family have. His great uncles did so in the 442nd Regimental Combat team, which was a US Army unit of Japanese…

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Education Corporation of America Closing

For-Profit Education Corporation of America Closing Schools

When you start an educational program, you expect to be able to finish that program but that isn’t always the case. One reason that can happen, that has nothing to do with the student, is when a school closes. This is exactly what is happening to schools run by the Education Corporation of America, where…

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Guy Reschenthaler Congress

Guy Reschenthaler: Veteran, Congressman from Pennsylvania

Guy Reschenthaler is a Republican who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District. He has a few years of political experience, serving in the Senate in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, District 37. About Guy Reschenthaler Reschenthaler was born in 1983 in Western Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Pittsburgh.…

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William Timmons

William Timmons: Veteran, Congressman from South Carolina

William Timmons is a Republican who has won a seat in the US House of Representatives in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. He has been involved in politics for a few years now, serving as a state senator for District 6 in South Carolina. About William Timmons Timmons was born in 1984 in Greenville, South…

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Wreaths Across America

How You Can Honor A Veteran This Holiday Season

Before the holidays, you might see volunteers out adorning the graves of veterans with seasonal wreaths, most notably at Arlington National Cemetery. This isn’t just decorating for the sake of being festive, this is called Wreaths Across America and it’s a nationwide effort of coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and…

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