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GI Bill Legislative Update

According to the VA, the system updates needed to implement the Post-9/11 GI Bill (known as GI Bill 2.0) are on track to hit the August and October deadlines. However, there are at least three bills in Congress which would change these changes. (See below for a list of pending changes)

The most promising of these bills, H.R. 1383, the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011, was passed quickly by the House, but is currently awaiting action by the Senate. If passed, H.R. 1383 will temporarily authorize the VA to cover the tuition and fees for veterans attending non-public education and training institutions that have tuition and fees which exceed $17,500 a year.

HR 1383 and the Senate version (S.745 - offered by Sen, Chuck Shumer (D-NY)) would add back in the "hold no harm" element to the law, which was removed during the mark-up process last year. The Shumer version of this bill was recently passed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and is now back to the Senate. A vote was not yet scheduled at the time of this update.

Let Congress know how you feel about this legislation.

Another bill, H.R. 2002, would expand Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability to cover those who have been retired due to disability or medical reasons and allows retirees to make the transfer within 36 months of their retirement. This bill was referred to subcommittee on June 24, 2011.

Let Congress know how you feel about this HR 2002.

Unfortunately, the Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act (HR 1451), is not getting any traction in the Congress. Introduced by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA), on April 8, 2011, the bill would repeal the portion of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 and in effect reinstate the “interval pay” or living expense stipends paid during school breaks. This bill would affect the greatest number of veterans, however, it appears to have stalled in Committee in late April.

Let Congress know how you feel about HR 1451.

Here is a quick summary of the pending Post-9/11 GI Bill changes include the following:

Read all of the changes in detail.

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