It’s been over a week since the House unanimously voted to approve a new GI Bill, and the Senate has since sent it onward to the President’s desk. Still confused on what specific changes will be brought about with this new #ForeverGIBill if President Trump signs it into law? Let us explain…
Big GI Bill Changes
“The new GI Bill closes loopholes that had left some deploying reservists and Purple Heart recipients without any educational benefits. It also increases aid to survivors of deceased service members, restores benefits to victims of for-profit schools, expands the programs that educational assistance can be used on, and — most significantly — allows future service members to use their GI Bill benefits at any point in their lifetimes, doing away with the old 15-year “use it or lose it” limit.” —Task&Purpose
That last part is huge!! If passed, vets who become GI Bill eligible after Jan. 1, 2018 will be able to use their education benefits at their leisure, for life! The truth of the matter is that not everyone is at a point in their life where jumping into a degree program is right. For some it could be within that 15-year limit, but for others is isn’t.
These are some pretty significant changes that could turn some veterans’ lives around for the better. These increased benefits will open doors and increase opportunity. (Win, win!)
What else would change?
Aren’t you pretty confused about the difference between “Post 9/11 GI Bill” vs. “Montgomery GI Bill”? (Ya, us too!) If this bill passes, the name will also change. There would no longer be a “Post-9/11” or “Montgomery” GI Bills. If passed, it was just be “GI Bill”, thus signalling that it is “one GI Bill for all generations of veterans” and no distinctions otherwise.
The new bill would also extend Yellow Ribbon eligibility to survivors and dependents of GI Bill veterans.
Changes Tied to Recent News…
Remember all that hype that came out about Purple Heart recipients and reservists not being eligible for full GI Bill benefits? Well the proposed GI Bill would close that loophole and restore benefits to hundreds of veterans, Purple Heart recipients and reservists included.
Think back to the summer of 2016 when for-profit colleges and universities seemed to be closing and losing their accreditation left and right… The proposed bill would help those veterans who were burned by for-profit schools and restore their benefits.
It’s a lot to take in a digest, I know. But, big chances could be on their way to the GI Bill. Stay tuned!
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